Teen fined for taking driving lesson with her mum

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A Melbourne teenager says she was shocked when police issued her with a hefty fine for going out for a driving lesson with her mother on the weekend.

Learner driver Hunter Reynolds, 17, who is completing her last year of school, told radio station 3AW she had been driving with her mother on the Peninsula Link in Frankston when she was pulled over and issued a $1652 fine for being “too far from home.”

The Age, Simone Fox Koob, April 6 2020

Teenage learner driver fined $1600 for driving with her mum during COVID-19 lockdown

3AW Niell Mitchell April 6,2020

A 17-year-old learner driver was left “shocked” after being fined more than $1600 for driving with her mum during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Sharee Reynolds was supervising her daughter, Hunter, as she drove from their Hampton home to Frankston at the weekend when the pair were pulled over by police and fined for non-essential travel.

“We didn’t think for one minute that we would be doing anything wrong. We weren’t in contact with any person, we weren’t stopping anywhere,” Sharee told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell.

“She [the police officer] said we were too far from home and we would cop a fine, and that Hunter would be the person to receive that fine.”

When the mother and daughter questioned the fine, Sharee said the police officer told her police were “smashing it on the roads today”.

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