False claim costs driver a $600 fine

WHEN Michael Allan Anderson received a speeding ticket, he thought he could get out of it by claiming he wasn't the driver.

What he didn't think of was that he had been pulled over by police and given the ticket rather than caught by a speed camera.

Anderson, 23, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to making a false declaration.

The court heard on November 21, 2012 Anderson was pulled over in Goodna for speeding.

He was given a speeding ticket by the officer and let on his way.

He then signed an affidavit claiming he was not the driver at the time and nominated another as the person responsible for speeding.

However, the court heard police record the manner in which the tickets are handed out and he was caught out in his lie.

Defence lawyer John Wilson said Anderson had very little recollection of the event, but admitted the signature on the declaration was his.

The court heard Anderson was a father-of-two, received a partial dole allowance and worked up to nine hours per week.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said "You were always going to get caught out."

He was fined $600.

Topics:  ipswich magistrates court

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