Police wait outside court to target banned drivers

Image: File photo.
Image: File photo.

It�s a question police asked during a May 11 operation that targeted drivers who disregarded the driving ban Joondalup Magistrates Court had enforced on them that day as they drove from their hearing.

The operation doubled as a police cadet training task, with the cadets assisting uniformed police as they monitored those leaving the Reid Promenade precinct.

Two people were charged with driving without a licence and had their vehicles seized.

Joondalup Sergeant Matt McCaughey oversaw the operation.

�The unlicensed drivers, they�re a danger to the community,� he said.

�We consider it successful� we located two people who were allegedly driving immediately after having their licences suspended.

�We�d like to think that nobody does that, but unfortunately it happens, so they�ll be having to face court accordingly.�

Sgt McCaughey said officers had run the operation infrequently in the past, but this was the first time the current Joondalup team had organised it �to see if people were abusing the process�.

A person caught driving while suspended faces a fine of between $400 and $2000 with an additional licence suspension of a minimum nine months and maximum three years for a first offence.

The magistrate also has the power to enforce a prison term of up to 12 months.

For subsequent offences, the minimum fine is $1000 with a maximum of $4000.

The range of the additional suspension period remains the same, but the magistrate can enforce a prison term of up to 18 months.