Learner driver cops $2,478 fine and 12 demerit points for drive in peak-hour traffic

The driver pleaded her case allegedly saying she had just got her P-plates.

Learning to drive is the first taste of freedom for many Aussies and we can all relate to that feeling of excitement, but one L-plater's eagerness to get on the road has landed her in trouble with the law this week.

The 20-year-old woman was pulled over in the affluent suburb of Wollstonecraft by police on Monday morning after she was caught speeding more than 20 km/h over the limit in a 40km/h school zone on the Pacific Highway in Sydney's north. The L-plater was clocked driving a grey Mazda CX5 at 66 km/h.

Left is a picture of the driver's grey Mazda CX5, and right the speed radar shows a speed of 66 km/h.
The learner driver copped $2,478 in fines and 12 demerit points for a string of driving infringements on Sydney's North Shore on Monday. Source: Facebook

She was alone in the car despite her Class C learner licence requiring her to be accompanied by a licensed driver. She had no L plates on her car to indicate she was a learner, and she also had her mobile phone connected to the car speaker via Bluetooth.

When questioned, the driver claimed she had "just got my P's" but "don't have the receipt on me".

L-plater cops hefty fines for getting behind the wheel

Police issued the driver with several infringement notices for speeding, driving without her L plates, mobile phone usage and driving without being accompanied by an appropriate passenger. The journey cost her $2,478 in total as well as 12 demerit points, which is three times the maximum amount L-platers in NSW can receive. Her licence was suspended immediately for three months and will be subject to further suspensions given she accumulated too many demerits points.

The incident comes after another driver, who was on his P-plates, copped more than $3,000 in Sydney in November after he was caught exceeding the speed limit by 77 km/h. Images of the car were posted online with Aussies pointing at the irony of the driver's window sticker which read 'Financial Mistake'.

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