What do you guys think??? Was it a little harsh???? Was it deserved???
The way the law operates with respect to speeding offences is very harsh. That is the nature of the beast in Vic.
If she hasn't already paid the fine then you could go to Court, plead guilty, and seek some judicial discretion in lessening the severity of the penalties. That is what you can do in NSW, and presumably
what you could do in Vic, but as I am not familiar with Vic law you should make your own enquiries.
If one was to take a step back for a moment and think about it, it would look like this.
She is an experienced driver
She is driving a safe car (I assume so)
It is a safe road (not poor quality, its straight, dual carriageway etc)
There is very little traffic
The conditions are good (day time, dry)
She is travelling along the road, at the speed limit, in the abovementioned conditions. She executes the overtaking manouver on a line of 4 cars. She does so with the intention of carrying it out efficiently, effectively and safely so as to not spend any more time than is necessary in the right lane immediately next to or in the blind spot of other cars. As is reasonably expected in an overtaking manouvre, one would naturally travel a bit faster than the car being overtaken to carry out the action safely. This is something that was over in a matter of seconds
. She returns to the left lane and slows to the speed limit immediately.
Regrettably, and obviously remorsefully, in concentrating her attention on the hazards immediately around her (other cars, the road ahead, changing lanes) and in endeavouring to quickly and effectively bring about the overtaking of the cars, she went faster than she intended to go. A quite momentary and in context minor error of judgment.
Now Mr Officer stops Mrs Lady. Takes the car away for two days. Takes her licence away for 6 months. All this for a driver of good repute, with a traffic record reflective of her good driving history.
Harsh? most definitely. Uncalled for? indeed.
To be expected? in this country, yes.