Car salesman banned from driving

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A speed camera on Rufus Street.
Camera IconA speed camera on Rufus Street. Credit: Tim Edmunds

An Albany car salesman caught speeding at more than twice the speed limit in a work car has lost his licence for six months.

David Trevor Smith was detected by a speed camera travelling at 123km/h in a 50km/h zone on Rufus Street in Milpara in early January and was charged with reckless driving 11 days later.

Last Thursday, Albany Magistrate’s Court heard Smith was driving the Mazda home as he was late for a family event and only “sped for a little bit”.

The car was impounded by police.

His defence lawyer sought fines for the offence, telling the court her client was “remorseful” over the incident, which had since placed enormous time and financial stress on his family.

Magistrate Raelene Johnston labelled driving at that speed “outrageous”, with the potential for an accident in a residential area.

“A person of your age and responsibility ought to know how dangerous that is,” she said.

Smith was fined $1200 and had his licence suspended for six months.

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