Stacie Ralphes was caught and fined for speeding while on a driving lesson.
A LEARNER driver has told of her shock after receiving a fine for speeding while on a driving lesson.
Stacie Ralphes, 17, was on a lesson with the AA Driving School in Weymouth when she was clocked travelling at 36mph through a 30mph zone.
The Portland teenager had 12 hours of driving under her belt when the car she was learning to drive in was caught speeding along Lanehouse Rocks Road.
Health and social care student Stacie was flabbergasted to find that she was liable for the incident after receiving a speeding ticket from Dorset Police.
She was given the choice of taking three penalty points or attending a driver awareness course.
Stacie said: “I was shocked to find that the notification was in my name. I thought the driving instructor would have made sure that speeding didn’t happen as that’s what they are there for.
“I was angry and frustrated. I understand that I was partially responsible but I felt as a learner driver who has just started, I’ve been learning to deal with everything else involved in driving.”
The novice driver, who opted to attend a driver awareness course, was initially told she would have to fund the £110 course fee herself.
She said: “I’ve lost my confidence when driving through this. It has been a big setback.”
Stacie’s mum Beverley Riseboro, 38, is calling for the AA Driving School to make learner drivers aware that they are liable for offences while on lessons.
She said: “I think when you are paying so much money for driving lessons people should know that something like this could happen.