March 4, 2014

Driving Pupil Receives Speeding Ticket

A UK teenager has been given a speeding fine – whilst on a driving lesson.

Stacie Ralphes, a seventeen year-old from Weymouth, Dorset, was clocked by a speed camera whilst travelling at 36 mph in a 30 mph zone.

With only 12 hours of driving experience to her name, the health and social care student was shocked to receive the fine whilst on her driving lesson with the AA.

As the car did not belong to her, the letter was forwarded to her home address after being received by the AA. Ralphes was offered a choice between a compulsory fine and three points on her (currently green) license, or a driving awareness course instead, the latter of which she accepted, at a cost of £110.

Whilst deciding not to appeal the speeding fine, the issue was raised with the AA, who have offered to pay the price for the course, as a gesture of good will, although they do deny any responsibility for the transgression.

This should stand as a warning that according to current UK laws, the operator of a vehicle (with a full license or not) is fully responsible for the speed at which they are travelling, and it is this individuals duty to ensure that they do not break speed limit laws. A driving instructor, whilst in possession of dual controls, is there to guide and advise the pupil, and to avoid any accidents, although the speed of the vehicle rests solely with the person behind the wheel.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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