A P-PLATER caught driving in Warrnambool with a mother nursing her two-year-old toddler on her lap has been fined $500.
Daniel Bishop-Malady, 19, of Nelson Street, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to driving an overloaded car with a passenger under 16 not restrained and failing in surrender a motor vehicle.
He was convicted and fined $500. The maximum fine for the overloading offence is more than $6000.
Police alleged that at 7.52pm on February 2 officers noticed a Holden Commodore with red P-plates and a number of passengers.
When police intercepted the vehicle they found the car contained six passengers, even though there was only five seats, and a child was travelling on its mother’s knee.
Bishop-Malady was required to surrender his car under the hoon legislation but failed to do so and police had to seize the vehicle.
The court heard the defendant has mental health issues and prior convictions for affray and armed robbery.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said overloading a vehicle was a significant safety concern because no driver knew when they would be involved in an accident.
He said that as a coroner he had been involved in cases where people had died because they were unrestrained.
“The child not being restrained meant the chances of suffering serious injury or being killed went through the roof,” Mr Klestadt said.