Firstly, we have to apologise for the lack of a post yesterday.
We would love to say we were raided by the A.F.P. and all our computers were seized. But we can’t. we just could not come to a consensus on what to post. We have numerous stories written, but most of them require verification before we will release them
Anyway, on to today.
We are always surprised what pops into our mailbox. Sometimes it is just notes saying well done. Sometimes it is ‘did you know’ messages that get us looking further into our anna’s history, like her (potentially) most embarrassing moment at Bribie Island High School. Then there are the messages like the one we got regarding today’s post. We call these the ‘have you seen this’ messages.
As has been made quite clear, our anna is a fan of the Caboolture Police. We have covered this previously in the posts ‘Did we do something wrong officer?’ and ‘Dealing with the police, the anna way’.
We know anna loves to drive fast, as she has acknowledged 9 previous traffic offences. We are aware the number is actually much higher in Queensland, and even higher if you include the other states, like Victoria. But since our anna has only admitted to 9, we will leave the figure at that.
The problem is that although our anna loves to drive fast, she does not like to pay the fines that go along with driving fast. Something about refusing to accept the consequences of her actions, we believe.
Anyway, in Queensland if you are caught speeding by a police officer (or by a speed camera) you are provided with a written ticket. As a consequence a person has the right to take the matter into court, and have the matter decided by a Magistrate. Notification to follow this course of action is required within 28 days of the date on the infringement notice.
The alternative is to pay the associated fine within the same 28 day period.
Our anna had the option to follow either course of action, but instead chose to ignore the speeding fines altogether.
If after 28 days the fine has not been paid, or notification to have the matter decided in a Magistrates Court has not been received most people would get a reminder and an additional time period to pay the fine (the option to have the matter decided in a Magistrate is no longer available).
After this time period expires the fine is passed to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) who then follow up with fine defaulters.
One of the options available to the SPER is to cancel a person’s licence to drive. We have been informed that this only occurs in cases where the defaulter has been repeatedly delinquent or is deliberately recalcitrant.
So no surprise that our anna was served with documents that her licence was to be cancelled on the 24th January 2014, after (and we quote) the SPER has deferred enforcement action of a number of occasions.
So our anna appeals, of course. Anna has so kindly provided us with the response to her request from not only the SPER, but also from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
To quote the scholar Sheldon Cooper