Driver told Court has no sympathy for him

Driver told Court has no sympathy for him

A 52-year-old Victorian man has been told the court has no sympathy for the situation he put himself in after he was fined $900 at Cowra Local Court.

Dean Castleton, of Ibbottson Street, Watsonia, represented himself before the court, charged with exceeding the speed limit by more than 10km/h and plead guilty.

According to police documents, around 8.07am on April 11, 2021, police observed Castleton's vehicle travelling on Rodd Street, Canowindra, at an estimated speed between 60 and 70km/h.

Police then used their lidar and confirmed Castleton was travelling at 67km/h.

Addressing the court Castleton said he required his licence to continue his employment and was asking for "grace from the court".

"I'm just looking for some grace, I really do need a licence," he said.

"It's not something I intentionally set out to do, I don't condone speeding."

However Magistrate Roger Prowse said, after 34 speeding offences, any form of leniency from the court had disappeared.

"That's remarkable given the number of speeding matters on your record," he said.

"I'd have to employ a centipede to be able to count them all because the 20 digits I have available doesn't cover them all.

"I'll just go through it, 34 previous offences, this is your 35th, so it's good that you don't condone it. But in that case, why do you do it so often?"

In reply, Castleton said he had taken steps to address his behaviour, such as installing cruise control.

"I do value my licence that's why I've driven here today from Melbourne," he said.

"I've got no answers for you, I've done the wrong thing and it will never happen again.

"I'm sure of that."

Magistrate Prowse said he would need "a couple ton bags" of salt to accept that submission.

Castleton said the reason for his offending on this occasion was he had been distracted by his son and a new puppy he had recently picked up from Orange.

Magistrate Prowse said being distracted didn't mitigate the offending and, in fact, had made it worse.

He said while the offence could only be dealt with by a fine in NSW, any disqualification imposed by Vic Roads was on Castleton.

"If there is a consequence, and I don't know if there will be, but you seem to be afeared of it, all I can suggest is the consequences of your actions are yours," he said.

"But you need to take some seriously corrective actions in relation to your own behaviors, that got you entirely on your own back, in the situation about you wish to complain.

"I've been to Melbourne, they have magnificent public transport network, trams, buses and they've invented this concept of tandem bicycles as well.

"Your self-inflicted injuries are just that, self-inflicted."