Woman deliberately disregards the law twice in one night
A MOTHER has been handed $1840 in fines for deliberately disregarding the law on South Burnett roads twice in one night.
Less than two hours after Vanessa Cherelyn Cross was charged for driving her unregistered and uninsured car while unlicensed, she got back into the driver's seat.
She was charged by police for driving on Haly St, Wondai at 6.20pm on April 23.
Police found her car parked at her home address in Cushnie at 8pm.
The mother of three told police she had driven the car because she didn't want to wait five hours with her children for her partner to finish work.
In Murgon Magistrates Court on Tuesday, defence lawyer Chris Campbell said Cross was visiting the South Burnett from Western Australia to visit her two eldest children.
Mr Campbell said when police declined to escort her home she didn't have a personal network to rely on while her partner was at work.
Magistrate Louisa Pink said Cross had deliberately disregarded the law twice in one night by driving a car that had been unregistered for 11 months.
For driving unlicensed on the first occasion, she was fined $350 and disqualified from driving for one month.
For driving unlicensed the second time, she was fined $450 and disqualified from driving for two months.
For each offence of driving uninsured she was fined $520.
She was convicted and not further punished for driving while unregistered.