Schoolgirl mom, 17, was fined $ 1,652 for taking a RIDING lesson, lashes out at police for ‘ludicrous’ coronavirus enforcement
- Sharee Reynolds denounced the police as “ridiculous” for fining her daughter Hunter
- The 17-year-old was fined $ 1,652 for a driving lesson in coronavirus restrictions
- Victoria Police said Ms. Reynolds’ fine will be reviewed and potentially overturned
- The family did not know they were breaking the rules and will dispute the fine
The mother of a schoolgirl who was fined $ 1,652 for driving lessons was taken to police.
Hunter Reynolds learned to ride in wet conditions on Sunday with her mother Sharee in Frankston, Victoria, when a police officer threw them aside.
The officer told the 17-year-old that she broke stage three coronavirus restriction rules and fined her a huge amount.
Her mother has vowed to contest the fine and calls it “ridiculous.”
“Common sense has not prevailed,” said Mrs. Reynolds The Herald Sun. “I never thought we were breaking the rules. We live together, we have not left or stopped the car. ‘
Hunter Reynolds was fined $ 1,652 for taking driving lessons with her mother during coronavirus restrictions
Ms. Reynolds’ Sunday fine in Frankston is described as’ non-essential travel – COVID-19 ‘
The breach comes amid confusing enforcement of coronavirus restrictions across the country, with thousands of beachgoers being able to break social distance rules, while others have been punished for blowing out on a bench while being more than five feet apart.
As of last Monday, residents of NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, and the ACT have been prohibited from leaving the home except for food and supplies, medical care, exercise, and work or education.
Mrs. Reynolds didn’t think taking a driving lesson was wrong.
“We never thought we would do something wrong,” she told 3AW on Monday.
“We had no contact with anyone, we didn’t stop anywhere, we didn’t plan on visiting destinations, we just learned to drive in those circumstances.
“She (the officer) said we were too far from home and we would be fined, and Hunter would be fined.”
Kilbreda College year 12 student said she was stressed when police pulled her over.
“I was just shocked, because I clearly hadn’t done anything wrong, at least I thought. I was just very stressed, “she said.
Sharee Reynolds (pictured left) vowed to contest the fine, calling it ‘ridiculous’
The officer told them that they had “crushed it on the roads today.”
Dr Brett Sutton, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, defended the police and fined the teenager for saying that driving was a non-essential activity.
Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said there is a possibility that the fine could be reversed.
“It’s entirely possible that it will be withdrawn because the public now knows they can’t do that activity unless, of course, it gets mixed up with driving to the stores where you’re exempt to buy food, stuff like that,” he said.
Mr Patton said that a decision on whether to withdraw the fine includes an assessment of all circumstances.
Australian Lawyers Alliance spokesman Greg Barns said that fines should be saved for serious offenders, otherwise the judicial system could be blocked by those who committed their crimes.
“If the police are going to impose big fines, they can expect many to be challenged and hide an already desperately overloaded and delayed Victorian justice system,” he said.
“Fines should only be used for serial non-compliance.”
Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said Ms. Reynolds’ fine will be reviewed and possibly reversed