Rockingham: man fined $3000 and suspended from driving for doing 102km/h in 50km/h zone

Rockingham: man fined $3000 and suspended from driving for doing 102km/h in 50km/h zone

A MAN who drove 50km/h over the speed limit has been fined $3000 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Jackson Heath pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h and having no authority to drive when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on February 24.

The prosecutor said Heath had driven past police car radar on Willmott Drive in Cooloongup, which detected his car doing 102km/h in a 50km/h zone.

Police checked the car’s number plate and discovered Heath was already suspended from driving for non-payment of fines.

He was also subject to multiple suspensions.

They said he told them he was on his way to ‘pick up his missus to have dinner at a mate’s’.

His lawyer said he had steady employment and there had been a gap in his offending.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins gave him credit for his early guilty pleas.

“You were travelling at 100 in a 50km/h zone,” she said.

“You are 24 years old; you are not immortal. You keep driving in that manner you will kill yourself, or more importantly to me your passengers or other road users.

“You have somewhat turned your life around but this shows immaturity.”

He was also fined $300 for driving without a licence.

“Do not drive again until you have a valid licence in your hand,” Magistrate Atkins said.