Police became aware the driver was indeed a P-plater despite having no red P-signs displayed on his car. However, the driver did manage to find the time to stick the words 'Financial Mistake' onto his windscreen — an ironic foreshadowing of his interaction with the police.
He was issued a $2,794 penalty notice for driving at speeds exceeding 45 km/h and also copped a $302 penalty notice for not displaying the P-plate signs as required by law. Police also confiscated and suspended the driver's licence on the spot for six months, with a notice taped underneath the 'Financial Mistake' sticker on the car windshield.
Aussies lap up the irony of the P-plater's sticker
Images of the car were posted online and many were quick to enjoy the irony of the driver's situation, while others praised the police officers for fining the "dangerous" driving behaviour.
"That windscreen sticker sure is accurate," one wrote, while another said, "They must be psychic, their sticker says it all."
Despite copping a total fine of $3,096 for his behaviour and having his licence confiscated, some Aussies said they believed the consequences were too lenient for the offence.
"For that kind of disregard of safety. Never give him back his licence," someone commented.
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