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VIC Received My First Traffic Infringement Notice - What to Do?

Discussion in 'Traffic Law Forum' started by Relle S, 23 May 2016.

  1. Relle S

    Relle S Member

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    Hello,

    I've been driving for 26 years and have never received speeding fines or parking fines for that matter. I always take note of speed limits and was shocked when I received my first traffic infringement notice in the mail today stating my detected speed was 84km in a 70km area. I'm assuming the camera is a fixed one as the location stated is an intersection.

    Does anyone know what my best options would be under Traffic Law to have the fine waived?
     
  2. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

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    Write to the police and ask for an official warning. Worth a try.

    Though this change in VicPol policy is now against you, see here.

    If that fails, and you have the time, take it to court, plead guilty and ask for leniency from the magistrate. Can't remember though if a mandatory fine has to be imposed by the court. Someone else here may know if a mandatory fine is imposed for this offence.

    I'm assuming you have no obvious defence to the fine. Saying you didn't do it in court is not a defence that is likely to win :)

    Mandatory sentences/fines should be abolished, your case is a good example of why.
     
  3. franklyspeaking

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    A friend had similar problem and she contacted the NRMA in NSW who had the fine waived because she had an unblemished record.
     
  4. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

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    How many k's over were you? The change in VIC police policy with respect to reducing infringements to warnings only applies to infringements of 10km/h over the speed limit. If it was only small you may still be able to apply for a warning if you have such a good prior record.
     
  5. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

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    Hi Sophia,

    The OP stated 84kph in 70 zone. You missed it while speed reading.
     
  6. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

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    Good pick up Rod! Do you think I could just get a warning for that?
     
  7. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

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    My usual recommendation is to pay the fine and move on with your life.
     

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