Motorist, 20, fined after ignoring court ban

AN IPSWICH woman has been caught behind the wheel less than one week after a court disqualified her from driving.

Angel Palolo Mulivai had been ordered off the roads for a month after she was convicted of driving without a licence while SPER suspended on September 2.

But six days after her sentence, police stopped the 20-year-old driving along Queen St, Goodna at 5am.

Her vehicle was made known to police via their licence plate recognition system.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Mulivai pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Dick said the young woman did not have a valid excuse for being on the road that morning.

He said Mulivai's vehicle was immobilised and confiscated for a week once she was caught.

Mulivai told the court that she knew driving while disqualified was not the right thing to do and said it would never happen again.

During sentencing, Magistrate Barry Cosgrove could not help but remind Mulivai of the dire consequences if she was caught committing the same offence.

"It better not happen again, because if it does, you're going to get a much stiffer penalty than the one I am going to give you today," he said.

"When a court disqualifies you from holding or obtaining a driver's licence, if you drive you get a minimum disqualification of two years.

"If you're caught again, you might get a disqualification of up to five years as well as heavy fines and potentially jail.

"Most weeks, I send at least one person to jail for a driving offence. So don't be tempted to drive."

Mulivai was convicted and fined $700 and disqualified from driving for two years.

More than 3050 motorists have been busted in Ipswich for driving without a licence or while disqualified or restricted from driving between June 1, 2013 and July 30, 2014.

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