A WARRNAMBOOL magistrate has again expressed his frustration with the delays caused by VicRoads administration when he fined a motorist $1000 for driving while suspended.
Pia Nadine Linardi, 26, previously of Southern Cross and now of Fyans Street, South Geelong, did not appear in Warrnambool Magistrates Court when a hearing was held this week.
Senior Constable Jason Barker, of Warrnambool police, said he intercepted Linardi, whose licence was suspended in November last year due to demerit points, as she drove along Raglan Parade toward Japan Street about midnight on January 14 this year.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said Linardi had an extraordinary number of offences — 12 in as many months — which clocked up 21 demerits points. He said Linardi was eligible to receive a VicRoads notice in November 2010 but the suspension did not come into force until 12 months later.
“This is another example of the appalling inefficiencies of VicRoads,” he said. Linardi was convicted and fined $1000 with $44 costs and had her licence cancelled for six months.