Radar user fined for speed offence

A DRASTIC drop in speed triggered police to pull John-Paul James Agustin over on May 24.

He pleaded guilty to one charge each of disobeying the speed limit and using radar detectors and similar devices, in the Emerald Magistrate's Court on September 5.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Schapcott told the court that at about 2.20pm, police patrolling the 100km/h Fitzroy Developmental Rd clocked a vehicle travelling at around 130km/h, but as soon as the speed radar was activated, the speed immediately dropped to around 120kmh.

The sudden decline sparked officer's suspicions, and when Mr Agustin was pulled over, a search of his vehicle found an illegal radar detector.

Sgt Robyn Schapcott told the court Mr Agustin told officers he had bought the device three months previously for $1000.Representing himself, Mr Agustin said he had travelled extensively in the past 10-12 years, and although he had racked up a number of infringements, they were mostly for "lack of paying attention".

"Most were just over the speed limit," he said, before he asked Magistrate Cameron Press to use his discretion and not record a conviction.

"Sir, I always record traffic convictions," the judge replied. He fined the call-out supervisor at Oaky North underground mine $333 with three demerit points loss for speeding, and $300 for using a radar detector.

He ordered the device be surrendered to the Crown, and the traffic convictions were recorded.


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