Female driver now behind bars, not the wheel

A WOMAN has been jailed for her "atrocious" driving after racking up 54 demerit points in nine months and failing to pay more than $25,000 in fines.

Maryborough Magistrates Court heard Nicoletta La Macchia had received 54 demerit points since January, after being caught speeding and driving unlicensed multiple times.

After her licence was taken away for a string of driving offences, she was caught behind the wheel in Bundaberg on June 4.

On June 9, La Macchia appeared in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on disqualified driving charges, where her ban was extended for a further six months.

But just six weeks later, on July 27, she was caught by police on the Bruce Hwy, and told them she had a learner's permit.

In court last week, she pleaded guilty to one charge of driving without a licence disqualified by a court order.

The court heard she had missed a court date at Gayndah and owed $25,666.50 in unpaid fines.

She had paid just $240 between March and July last year and had not paid a cent since.

Magistrate John Smith said the woman had over four pages of speeding history from 2013 alone, and a history that was "terrible".

"For a young person born in 1986, it is an absolutely atrocious traffic history," he said.

La Macchia, who represented herself, admitted she had done the wrong thing.

"It was stupid of me but I was driving to work… I had no one to drive me at the time," she said.

The mine worker was sentenced to three months imprisonment for breaching her court order, and has been disqualified for three years.

She was fined also $1000 and will be eligible for parole in November.



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