Girl, 17, fined $ 1650 for taking a driving lesson with her mother during lockdown, beaten with ANOTHER punishment, although police admitted they were wrong
- Hunter Reynolds, 17, was fined $ 1,652 for unnecessary travel in April
- The teenager was given a driving lesson with her mother during the COVID-19 lockdown
- Police admitted they were wrong, but Hunter still had a nice memory
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A teenager who was fined for taking a driving lesson with her mother while taking the coronavirus was beaten with a new sentence, despite police admitting they were wrong.
Hunter Reynolds, 17, was fined $ 1,652 on the spot for unnecessary travel while driving with her mom in April. The duo had traveled about 20 miles from their Hampton home to Frankston, Victoria.
Police later withdrew the fine after her story sparked public outcry.
However, last week Hunter received a surprise mail. She was reminded that she still owed $ 1,652 and a late fee for not paying the fine.
Hunter Reynolds was fined $ 1,652 for taking driving lessons with her mother during coronavirus restrictions
The teenager plans to contest the fine, which was labeled “ non-essential travel ” on the ticket (photo)
“It’s just disappointing for a young girl, when she opened that letter we felt terrible when she was told it was all done and dusted,” Hunter’s father Shane Reynolds told the Herald Sun..
“I just want to fix it for her.
“She followed the rules 100% during the pandemic, didn’t see any friend during the closing, she just left the house to go to work.”
Victoria police said the letter had been sent incorrectly because the fine had been withdrawn.
Victoria police can confirm that they have withdrawn the fine imposed on an apprentice driver. There was an administrative error that led to the driver wrongly receiving a reminder letter, “the statement said.
“This should not have happened and the problem has now been resolved.”
Police would contact Hunter to apologize for the mistake after Vice Commissioner Shane Patton said it was withdrawn in April.
Hunter Reynolds (photo), 17, learned to drive a car with her mother in Frankston, Victoria, on Sunday, when a police officer persuaded them
The Department of Justice told AAP that the withdrawal of fines and the issuing of reminders is the responsibility of the agency that first issued them – in this case, the Victoria Police Department.
Police chief Graham Ashton told a committee last week that 337 of the 5604 coronavirus-related fines were canceled or canceled.
It remains to be revealed whether other fines that have been waived or canceled have slipped through the cracks with the data yet to be collected, police said.