A P-PLATE driver was facing a maximum of $12,000 in fines when he appeared in Dubbo Local Court on multiple traffic charges.
Nanjing Night Net

Cameron Phillip Bell, 26, pleaded guilty to special category drink-driving, exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 kilometres an hour, not displaying P-plates and driving an uninsured and unregistered vehicle.

The court heard Bell had consumed two full-strength beers over several hours and thought he was safe to drive.

“It was his brother’s vehicle,” the court was told.

“He did not know it was unregistered and uninsured.

“He did not check to see the P-plates were still on the vehicle.”

The court heard Bell had successfully completed the traffic offender’s education program and was worried about losing his driver’s licence.

Magistrate Andrew Eckhold said Bell had made a bad error of judgement.

“Drink-driving is wrong – everyone knows that,” the magistrate said.

“You have confessed your guilt and have attempted to remedy the situation by completing driver education.”

Bell was fined a total of $650 and disqualified from driving for six months.

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