A DRIVER who lost her licence for speeding has had the suspension varied after appearing before Bathurst Local Court.
Kerrie Humphries, 19, of Windemere Road, appeared in person and unrepresented before Magistrate Catherine Follent.
Humphries told the court she had completed the Traffic Offenders Program and said she needed her licence to get to her job.
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She said she worked to fund her university studies in Canberra, and her shifts could be any time between 5am and 8.30pm.
She also cited a lack of public transport in the area and said once she returns to Canberra to study in February, she will need a licence to get to and from university.
In the application to the court, Humphries also said she had a good driving history and the speeding incident was out of character.
"I have a good knowledge of the road rules," she said.
The court heard Humphries' licence was suspended as a result of her demerit points incurred exceeding the demerit point limit.
As a result, the law requires a P2 licence must be suspended for three months.
The offence, exceed the speed limit by more than 10 kilometres but not more than 20km, was detected by a camera on October 5, 2019 and attracted eight demerit points.
In determining the matter, Ms Follent read all the material and said Humphries had quite a good driving record, noting she held her P2 licence for 11 months before the speeding infringement.
"Your references speak highly of you and your strong work ethic works in your favour," Ms Follent said.
However, she said she also had to balance this with community interest and the need to ensure people conduct themselves with an appropriate level of responsibility while driving.
"You were relatively inexperienced at the time of the infringement. You do need to serve a period of suspension," Ms Follent said.
She dismissed the appeal and varied the decision of Roads and Maritime Services, suspending Humphries from driving for 14 days from January 28.