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A 22-year-old was fined $2,150 and banned from driving for a year after she pleaded guilty to a string of traffic offences.

Taliya Outerbridge crashed her motorcycle while impaired in a single-vehicle accident on November 20.

Appearing in Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, she also admitted driving an uninsured and unlicensed vehicle while listening to an iPod, on January 6.

Passers-by responded to last November’s accident in Devonshire and noticed Outerbridge appeared intoxicated.

They took her keys away from her and Outerbridge left the scene on foot.

She returned and reluctantly identified herself as the rider of the vehicle to police.

Asked if she had been drinking, she responded: “I just had some Chivas down at Devonshire Rec.”

A breath sample revealed she had 240mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, triple the legal limit of 80mg.

Outerbridge admitted the offence in court, but argued that she shouldn’t be fined and disqualified from all vehicles.

A disqualification would make it harder for her to work and she had “already been punished enough”, she said.

“I made a huge mistake, it’s my fault but I did spend a whole night in jail bleeding from my knees and I wasn’t allowed to call my family to tell them where I was.”

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner told her that being fined and disqualified was “better than death”.

“Fortunately no one was injured or seriously hurt or killed,” he said. “You were slightly injured. You did it to yourself.

“Then you go riding the same cycle, uninsured. If you had struck someone and injured them, who would pay for them?

“Let me be crude. You want us to continue to let you ride and kill someone? It seems to me you haven’t learned your lesson.”

Mr Warner fined Outerbridge a total of $2,150 for the four offences and disqualified her from driving all vehicles for a year.

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Published February 17, 2012 at 10:57 am (Updated February 17, 2012 at 5:46 am)

Woman banned

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