Speeding P-plater wins plea

A P-PLATE driver caught doing 56km/h above the speed limit has successfully fought for a second time to keep her licence.

Genelle Purcell, 42, of Woombah, was caught driving at 136km/h in an 80km/h zone on the Pacific Highway at the Clarenza turn off north of Grafton earlier this year.

She pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court in August, but after making a strong appeal to keep her licence, Magistrate Robyn Denes allowed her to keep driving.

She was fined $1744 and placed on an 18-month good behaviour bond.

After her Lismore court appearance, the RTA notified Purcell it had cancelled her licence for three months because she had lost eight driving points – two points for not driving according to the con-

ditions and six points for being more than 45km/h over the speed limit.

This week she appealed against that decision and again succeeded.

Through her solicitor, she argued that she was a fit and proper person to hold a driver's licence.

She also argued that because she was employed as an Aboriginal justice group co-ordinator for the Attorney-General's Department, she needed a licence to see clients.

She said she was required to drive around the Clarence Valley on a daily basis as part of her job and that, at times, she had to drive outside the region to attend conferences.

She said she resided 25km out of town and had two young children.

Magistrate Jeff Linden upheld her appeal against the disqualification, meaning she is free to drive.

Before the 80km/h speed limit was posted, the Clarenza turn off where she was booked was one of the worst traffic accident black spots in the State.

There was an accident at the site last week and another a couple of weeks before that.

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