Some days you just have to wonder how the cereal box hasn’t run out of driver’s licences and hope it will. Soon.
Take 82-year-old Ronald Shaw who took a wrong turn – and a very wrong turn at that – up the Hume Freeway, north of Albury.
More than 60 drivers were faced with Mr Shaw driving towards them head-on, over a 30 kilometre stretch.
“Highly erratic and highly dangerous” is how the magistrate
Police received more than a dozen frantic mobile phone calls from drivers. One poor lass, who had her children in the car, was forced to squeeze between Mr Shaw’s car and a truck.
In court, Mr Shaw assured the magistrate that the road was single lane the previous time he had travelled the route.
Thanks to a three-year disqualification, Mr Shaw will be 85 before he’s allowed back on the road. We’re not sure if that’s a good result or not.
And a hard lesson could be on the way for a young apprentice electrician from Victoria’s south west.
Caught speeding at 155kmh in a 100kmh zone along the Warrnambool-Cobden Road, Joshua Ford is now $500 poorer and has lost his licence for a year.
The 20-year-old P-plater told the court yesterday he was yet to tell his boss about the indiscretion but would “have the conversation” later in that afternoon.
Would you cop $50,000 in unpaid fines for a car you sold five years ago?
How does that even happen?
It’s a predicament faced by Stephanie Anne Jones from central Victoria who has ended up in court.
She had a sympathetic ear with the magistrate though who told her she had “some serious investigating to do”.
“Otherwise you’re going to be left holding the baby, so to speak, in the sum of $50,000,”
Have you seen a good example of bad driving? Tell us about it.