Standing firm . . . Kathy Fitzgerald refuses to pay the speeding fine she incurred at Moonee Beach last year, because she says
Standing firm . . . Kathy Fitzgerald refuses to pay the speeding fine she incurred at Moonee Beach last year, because she says

Mum?s message: I won?t pay fine!

By CRAIG McTEAR

AS FAR as Kathy Fitzgerald is concerned, the State Government shouldn't hold its breath waiting for her to pay her traffic fine.

The Sandy Beach mum says she wasn't speeding through Pacific Highway roadworks at Moonee Beach on December 12 last year, and won't pay the $75 infringement due by tomorrow.

Kathy had been driving south with her son, Matt, when they were flashed by a police camera car.

Motorists in front and behind were also caught, along with a swag of other unsuspecting drivers on that day.

However, Kathy said the 60km/h speed sign which had normally been in place since the roadworks began was nowhere to be seen, and so she presumed she was in an 80km/h zone.

They back-tracked just to make sure they hadn't missed the sign, and are adamant it definitely wasn't there.

On their return trip that afternoon, a 60km/h sign was in place, and she slowed appropriately.

Sure enough, it was only a matter of weeks until Kathy received a fine in the post. It stated she had been travelling at 73km/h in a 60km/h zone, an offence which also sheds two points from her licence.

"I went to Andrew Fraser (the member for Coffs Harbour) and he said he would look into it, and that other people were in the same situation," Kathy said.

She has had an otherwise unblemished driving record, and doesn't understand why she is being punished.

"I've done nothing wrong," she said.

Mr Fraser said he was disappointed the Government had refused to rescind these speeding fines.

"Because of the road building equipment there, the temporary 60km/h speed signs were poorly positioned and unable to be seen by the majority of motorists," he said.

A Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) spokesman directed inquiries to the Office of State Revenue.

A spokeswoman for that department said the fines originated with NSW Police and questions about the fines should be directed to them.

"The State Debt Recovery Office (SDRO) processes fines on behalf of NSW Police," the spokeswoman said. "In some circumstances, SDRO is able to caution drivers who have a good driving record."

A police spokesman said the RTA and members of the public had complained at the time about motorists not complying with the rules governing the roadworks area.

"It was a work area for the RTA, and the RTA is entitled to have a safe workplace," the spokesman said.



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