Refraction Education : NRMA Driver Safety (Years 11-12)
15 THE EARLY DRIVER TOTAL LEARNING RESOURCE • YEARS 11–12 EXPLORE 4. Read the following media extracts of drivers not driving at the correct speed. Imaging you are a judge handing down their sentence. Use the information in the table on page 14 to deliver what you think is an appropriate sen- tence to the driver. Description of driver Penalty Last March, a 17-year-old took his mother ’s car on a high-speed 20 km joy ride. The car was driven along a country road, some of the time on the wrong side of the road. The car ’s speed was clocked at 75 km in a 60 km/h zone. Police turned up and gave chase after another motorist had reported erratic driving. A man in his late 50s caused a commotion at a beachside resort last weekend by refusing to acknowledge he had been driving 62 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. He verbally abused police and said he wouldn’t be paying any fine imposed, as 2 km/h over the limit was insignificant. A mother of three was rushing her youngest child to the hospital at 3 a.m. when she was caught by speed cameras driving 95 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. She was extremely apologetic to police but said that seeing as there were no other cars on the road at the time she didn’t see any harm in prioritising the needs of her sick child by getting him to hospital as quickly as she could. The police reported that the child was not in a life-threatening condition. A driver was pulled over by police yesterday for driving her car at 30 km/h in a 60 km/h speed zone. The police followed the woman for a distance of more than 2 km before they stopped to question her.
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