Tradie Brother was booked for a red light camera offence. He disputed it but the penalty stood, a fine and some demerit points. He decided to lose a day's work and go to the magistrates' court to argue his case. He was out by 10.30. Personally, I think the penalty was deserved but the magistrate pounded his gavel (ok, that is dramatic license) and said, case dismissed. One of Tradie Brother's points to the magistrate was his good driving record. I could not help but exclaim, but Brother, you lost your license for drink driving. You've been booked for speeding at least once that I know of. You you were charged at the age of 18 with careless driving when you fell off your motorbike and nearly lost your leg. How is your record so good? Who knows. The magistrate had Tradie Brother's record in front of him.
The conversation then turned to loss of points. Now I have never been booked for a driving offence in my getting on for forty years of driving, so this was an amazing conversation to me. Tradie Brother informed me about a whole family that swap points around between themselves. It couldn't possibly be his surely! If one family member is getting close to getting the 12 points that leads to a driving license cancellation, they pass he points on to the one who has the least by saying that person was driving the offending car at the time. So they all have multiple driving offences? Extraordinary. I am not saying I never break road laws, but I am quite careful and I guess I have been a bit lucky too.
Nominating someone else to take your points is illegal, and not everyone gets away with it, as a formerly highly respected judge discovered.
Many years ago in the heat of an argument, R said to me, "Do you live in the real world?" Perhaps I don't. Perhaps I don't want to.