Wakeskating champ hit with $200 fine at school pick-up
AUSTRALIAN wakeskating champion Cody Murphy has copped a $200 fine for forgetting to carry his driver's licence when making a five-minute trip to school to pick-up his sister.
Cody's mum, Sue, is fuming as her teenage son was simply doing her a favour when he was stopped by police near Coolum High School, breathalysed, drug-tested and, when all that came up clear, fined for not having his licence on him.
Cody has spent months saving and fundraising to take part in the World Wakeskating Championships in Mexico in November.
"The last thing he needs is a $200 fine," Mrs Murphy said.
Cody, who has his green P-plates, had returned from an interview with a Coolum business when his mum asked him to pick-up his sister from school.
"It would literally have been a five-minute trip to help his mum out," she said.
Mrs Murphy went to Coolum Police Station to question the fine, but was advised there was little that could be done.
"We can go to court and challenge it," she said.
"I don't understand why it has to be a $200 fine. Why can't they warn them once and let them know this is the rule?
"He is a uni student and doesn't have that kind of cash to throw around.
"The police officer had his licence, he looked it up online and had it in front of him on his iPad so he knew there was no problems, but he was still fined.
"It is crazy."
In Queensland, the law states probationary licence holders "have to carry their licence with them at all times".