Yesterday in Lismore police stopped a vehicle on the Bruxner Highway for a random breath test. The driver, a 21 year old Casino man, produced a Learners Licence, however none of the passengers in the car had a current licence.
The man was tested for drugs and alcohol – the result was negative for alcohol but he recorded a positive reading for methamphetamines and cannabis.
Later at the Lismore Police Station he provided another positive reading for methamphetamines and cannabis.
He was issued an infringement notice for $877.00 ‘Learner Not Accompanied by Licensed Driver’ and $268.00 for ‘Learner Not Display L Plates’ and had his licence suspended on the spot for three months.
If his drug tests come back positive he will be issued a $551.00 fine and handed an automatic licence suspension for three months.
Police say these may be big fines and suspensions but they are there for a good reason.
‘A learner driver is at a crucial stage of their driver education,’ said a police media post. ‘They really do need to have a fully licensed driver with them. It called a Learner’s licence for a reason.
‘If you are on your Ls and are driving unaccompanied remember this – when you are caught the fine will be $877.00 and your licence will be suspended for three months on the spot. You won’t be able to renew or upgrade your licence until you pay off the fine.’