Disqualified driver fined for unsecured child

A 21-year-old Cowra woman has been fined $100, disqualified from driving for six months and given a community correction order for 12 months at Cowra Local Court.

Takisha Maree Pollard of Taragala Street was before the court charged with driving a motor vehicle during a disqualification period and having a passenger older then 6-months but younger then 4-years not restrained properly.

According to police facts, around 9.40am on Saturday, March 16, police were patrolling Cowra when they stopped a Blue Holden Commodore on Berowra Street for a a random breath test.

The driver was identified as Pollard and was asked for her licence. Pollard told police she didn't have it but did supply them with her licence number.

Due to previous dealings with Pollard, police were aware her licence was disqualified.

During the stop, police also observed that sitting in a booster seat in the rear of the vehicle was not restrained properly.

Every time you engage in this behaviour, you are kicking an own goal and putting off the date you can get your licence legitimately.

Magistrate Michael O'Brien

Pollard then exited the vehicle and took the child out of the seat. While speaking to police Pollard was uncooperative, abusive and argumentative telling one officer, "I'll call you (an obscenity) because I call Pethick (an obscenity)".

Pollard's solicitor, Mr Faulkner, said his client had resigned herself to a further disqualification period.

In sentencing Pollard, Magistrate Michael O'Brien said that her traffic history gave her no credit.

"Each time offend you are facing a fine of $5500, a maximum term of imprisonment of 12 months, an automatic disqualification period of 12 months or a minimum disqualification period of six months," he said.

"Every time you engage in this behaviour, you are kicking an own goal and putting off the date you can get your licence legitimately."

No action was taken on a breach of a Section 9 bond Pollard had received for common assault and contravening an AVO.

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