Illegal teen driver bowed to friends' pressure

Illegal teen driver bowed to friends' pressure

Illegal teen driver bowed to friends' pressure

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A TEENAGE driver who got behind the wheel of car without a full licence or displaying L plates blamed ‘peer pressure’.

Danica Stephens, aged 19, of Cotswold Road, Malvern, drove a Vauxhall Astra on the town’s Poundbank Road but only had a provisional licence which meant she was also uninsured.

Stephens admitted driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and using a vehicle without third party insurance during the incident on June 8 when she appeared before district judge Nigel Cadbury at Worcester Magistrates Court.

Kerry Lovegrove, prosecuting, said Stephens was pulled over as a result of a spot check by police.

Miss Lovegrove said: “She stated she had a provisional licence and there was no late L plates on the car at the time. She was asked whether she had insurance and she said no.”

District judge Nigel Cadbury, who had a letter from her, said: “You have said you’re very sorry for what you have done and you bowed to peer pressure.”

For having no insurance Stephens who works in Morrisons in Malvern was fined £150 and ordered to pay £60 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Six penalty points will be added to her licence.

No separate penalty was imposed for driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

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7:46am Mon 17 Dec 12

Respectable says...

How come a second time offender was only fined £110 in an earlier report and why was this idiot not fined for the no licence offence..?

Why on earth are the courts being SO soft on blatant law breakers..?

It appears that a lot of people are being given the opportunity to put the broader general public at risk before being reigned in !
How come a second time offender was only fined £110 in an earlier report and why was this idiot not fined for the no licence offence..? Why on earth are the courts being SO soft on blatant law breakers..? It appears that a lot of people are being given the opportunity to put the broader general public at risk before being reigned in ! Respectable
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10:32am Mon 17 Dec 12

mayall8808 says...

Another one who has no reguard for the law, £5000 fine scrap the car even it isnt his/hers as it will be a lesson to all then and if he/her commits another driving offence ban them for life.
Another one who has no reguard for the law, £5000 fine scrap the car even it isnt his/hers as it will be a lesson to all then and if he/her commits another driving offence ban them for life. mayall8808
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4:07pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ushmush83 says...

Give her a break, this isn't anything like the other incident. Yes she was foolish, and she's been punished. Sounds like she only went out this once and was unlucky enough to get caught. The other guy quite obviously drives around like he hasn't a care in the world.
Give her a break, this isn't anything like the other incident. Yes she was foolish, and she's been punished. Sounds like she only went out this once and was unlucky enough to get caught. The other guy quite obviously drives around like he hasn't a care in the world. ushmush83
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5:32pm Mon 17 Dec 12

GroovyChick says...

'give her a break' would you say that if she hit your car or even worse killed someone!
'give her a break' would you say that if she hit your car or even worse killed someone! GroovyChick
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10:43pm Mon 17 Dec 12

iamthebinman says...

GroovyChick wrote:
'give her a break' would you say that if she hit your car or even worse killed someone!
I don't think ushmush would say 'give her a break' if she killed someone. But she didn't did she?
[quote][p][bold]GroovyChick[/bold] wrote: 'give her a break' would you say that if she hit your car or even worse killed someone![/p][/quote]I don't think ushmush would say 'give her a break' if she killed someone. But she didn't did she? iamthebinman
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7:28am Tue 18 Dec 12

mayall8808 says...

GIVE HER A BREAK you are joking, the car is a killing machine and it is stupid people like this that have no reguard for the law that ok she may not have had a problem had she got away with it this time but would then do it again and again, why do people believe when these idiots say sorry sir i wont do it again, what a load of ****
GIVE HER A BREAK you are joking, the car is a killing machine and it is stupid people like this that have no reguard for the law that ok she may not have had a problem had she got away with it this time but would then do it again and again, why do people believe when these idiots say sorry sir i wont do it again, what a load of **** mayall8808
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7:40am Tue 18 Dec 12

Respectable says...

Why should she get a break ?? You simply can't play Pick n Mix with the laws of the road...
Why should she get a break ?? You simply can't play Pick n Mix with the laws of the road... Respectable
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9:33am Tue 18 Dec 12

ushmush83 says...

She's a kid. She made a mistake. She didn't kill anyone. You never know, this girl could go on to be a doctor. She might be following you in her car and happen to save your life one day. Wouldn't have been able to do that if she were banned for life would she?

We all did stupid things at 19, and if you didn't then you're probably a very dull person.
She's a kid. She made a mistake. She didn't kill anyone. You never know, this girl could go on to be a doctor. She might be following you in her car and happen to save your life one day. Wouldn't have been able to do that if she were banned for life would she? We all did stupid things at 19, and if you didn't then you're probably a very dull person. ushmush83
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11:21am Tue 18 Dec 12

Respectable says...

Actually at 19 you are an adult not a kid.
Car ownership comes with adult responsibility.

If you make a stupid decision you have to accept the consequences. Blaming everyone else is just denial

As for the Doctor vs Banned for Life Scenario.. I agree banning for life is rather drastic and totally out of touch.

But guess what. Maybe I'm the type of person that has to mop up the mess when people make those bad choices.

Go look at the devastation and carnage before implying this is in any way acceptable.
Actually at 19 you are an adult not a kid. Car ownership comes with adult responsibility. If you make a stupid decision you have to accept the consequences. Blaming everyone else is just denial As for the Doctor vs Banned for Life Scenario.. I agree banning for life is rather drastic and totally out of touch. But guess what. Maybe I'm the type of person that has to mop up the mess when people make those bad choices. Go look at the devastation and carnage before implying this is in any way acceptable. Respectable
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11:58am Tue 18 Dec 12

mayall8808 says...

ushmush83 says...
9:33am Tue 18 Dec 12
She's a kid. She made a mistake. She didn't kill anyone. You never know, this girl could go on to be a doctor. She might be following you in her car and happen to save your life one day. Wouldn't have been able to do that if she were banned for life would she?

She could go on to be a murderer, what rubbish you put here sometimes.
ushmush83 says... 9:33am Tue 18 Dec 12 She's a kid. She made a mistake. She didn't kill anyone. You never know, this girl could go on to be a doctor. She might be following you in her car and happen to save your life one day. Wouldn't have been able to do that if she were banned for life would she? She could go on to be a murderer, what rubbish you put here sometimes. mayall8808
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12:08pm Tue 18 Dec 12

iamthebinman says...

I give up! The poor girl drove a car, didn't hurt anybody, got punished and like all of us she will learn from those mistakes and pay for them through her car insurance for years. If we gave life bans to all that have broken the law, the roads would be empty apart from about half a dozen WN readers who will rarely be doing anything but condeming anyone who has done anything else wrong! Look in a mirror and honestly say outload 'Do I have a right to judge?'
I give up! The poor girl drove a car, didn't hurt anybody, got punished and like all of us she will learn from those mistakes and pay for them through her car insurance for years. If we gave life bans to all that have broken the law, the roads would be empty apart from about half a dozen WN readers who will rarely be doing anything but condeming anyone who has done anything else wrong! Look in a mirror and honestly say outload 'Do I have a right to judge?' iamthebinman
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12:38pm Tue 18 Dec 12

ushmush83 says...

Mayall, that is exactly the response I wanted. Yet you say she will (not could, or might) do this offence again. Double standards perhaps?

Respectable, you are right, but 19 is young. And if we all received lifetime punishments for what we did when we were 19 then there wouldn't be many out there without restrictions put upon them.

The point is, she has been punished. She's got 6 points before she's even started driving. Unless she comes from money that pretty much equates to a 3 year ban anyway!
Mayall, that is exactly the response I wanted. Yet you say she will (not could, or might) do this offence again. Double standards perhaps? Respectable, you are right, but 19 is young. And if we all received lifetime punishments for what we did when we were 19 then there wouldn't be many out there without restrictions put upon them. The point is, she has been punished. She's got 6 points before she's even started driving. Unless she comes from money that pretty much equates to a 3 year ban anyway! ushmush83
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1:36pm Tue 18 Dec 12

mayall8808 says...

She got caught doing something stupid, yes we have all done stuff that's stupid but had she not got pulled then she may have tried it again, giving points on a license she hasn't even got is pathetic, means nothing, i do hope she has learned her lesson, if she has she will be one of the few as most don't and continue driving as in the other report.
She got caught doing something stupid, yes we have all done stuff that's stupid but had she not got pulled then she may have tried it again, giving points on a license she hasn't even got is pathetic, means nothing, i do hope she has learned her lesson, if she has she will be one of the few as most don't and continue driving as in the other report. mayall8808
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1:55pm Tue 18 Dec 12

ushmush83 says...

Well, I've made mistakes, and generally have learned from them and not made them again. To assume that someone will repeatedly make the same mistake, provides the view of a very bitter outlook upon life. You only hear of he bad stories, remember that.
Well, I've made mistakes, and generally have learned from them and not made them again. To assume that someone will repeatedly make the same mistake, provides the view of a very bitter outlook upon life. You only hear of he bad stories, remember that. ushmush83
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1:55pm Tue 18 Dec 12

ushmush83 says...

And stop reading the Mail.
And stop reading the Mail. ushmush83
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2:41pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Fog Based Japery says...

mayall8808 wrote:
GIVE HER A BREAK you are joking, the car is a killing machine and it is stupid people like this that have no reguard for the law that ok she may not have had a problem had she got away with it this time but would then do it again and again, why do people believe when these idiots say sorry sir i wont do it again, what a load of ****
And the award for the most sensationalist comment of the year goes to ..........
[quote][p][bold]mayall8808[/bold] wrote: GIVE HER A BREAK you are joking, the car is a killing machine and it is stupid people like this that have no reguard for the law that ok she may not have had a problem had she got away with it this time but would then do it again and again, why do people believe when these idiots say sorry sir i wont do it again, what a load of ****[/p][/quote]And the award for the most sensationalist comment of the year goes to .......... Fog Based Japery
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2:48pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Omicron says...

ushmush83 wrote:
And stop reading the Mail.
And just what is wrong with the Daily Mail?
It strikes me that the critics of the Mail have to be the most avid readers of the paper otherwise they wouldn't know what was in it in order to tell people not to read it. If you see what I mean.
At least the Mail cares about what happens to this country.
[quote][p][bold]ushmush83[/bold] wrote: And stop reading the Mail.[/p][/quote]And just what is wrong with the Daily Mail? It strikes me that the critics of the Mail have to be the most avid readers of the paper otherwise they wouldn't know what was in it in order to tell people not to read it. If you see what I mean. At least the Mail cares about what happens to this country. Omicron
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4:19pm Tue 18 Dec 12

pronstar says...

Omicron wrote:
ushmush83 wrote:
And stop reading the Mail.
And just what is wrong with the Daily Mail?
It strikes me that the critics of the Mail have to be the most avid readers of the paper otherwise they wouldn't know what was in it in order to tell people not to read it. If you see what I mean.
At least the Mail cares about what happens to this country.
That's so funny, I would expect you to come up such a comment. Maybe easier to say what's right with the Mail...absolutely nothing being the obvious answer.
[quote][p][bold]Omicron[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ushmush83[/bold] wrote: And stop reading the Mail.[/p][/quote]And just what is wrong with the Daily Mail? It strikes me that the critics of the Mail have to be the most avid readers of the paper otherwise they wouldn't know what was in it in order to tell people not to read it. If you see what I mean. At least the Mail cares about what happens to this country.[/p][/quote]That's so funny, I would expect you to come up such a comment. Maybe easier to say what's right with the Mail...absolutely nothing being the obvious answer. pronstar
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7:57pm Tue 18 Dec 12

The Doosra says...

Omicron wrote:
ushmush83 wrote:
And stop reading the Mail.
And just what is wrong with the Daily Mail?
It strikes me that the critics of the Mail have to be the most avid readers of the paper otherwise they wouldn't know what was in it in order to tell people not to read it. If you see what I mean.
At least the Mail cares about what happens to this country.
so long as you're white, middle class, own your own home, hate the BBC, think Nigel Farage is an ok sort of bloke, and DEFINITELY not an immigrant.
[quote][p][bold]Omicron[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ushmush83[/bold] wrote: And stop reading the Mail.[/p][/quote]And just what is wrong with the Daily Mail? It strikes me that the critics of the Mail have to be the most avid readers of the paper otherwise they wouldn't know what was in it in order to tell people not to read it. If you see what I mean. At least the Mail cares about what happens to this country.[/p][/quote]so long as you're white, middle class, own your own home, hate the BBC, think Nigel Farage is an ok sort of bloke, and DEFINITELY not an immigrant. The Doosra
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1:38pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Vox populi says...

The Doosra wrote:
Omicron wrote:
ushmush83 wrote: And stop reading the Mail.
And just what is wrong with the Daily Mail? It strikes me that the critics of the Mail have to be the most avid readers of the paper otherwise they wouldn't know what was in it in order to tell people not to read it. If you see what I mean. At least the Mail cares about what happens to this country.
so long as you're white, middle class, own your own home, hate the BBC, think Nigel Farage is an ok sort of bloke, and DEFINITELY not an immigrant.
To be fair I don't read the Mail as it is as depressing as some of the pigeon holeing people try to do on here.

But:
I am white, whats wrong with that?
I own my own home and work hard to do so, if more did then we would be in such financial cr@p.
Middle class? - maybe I guess - I don't really think about it - too busy working to improve myself unlike those who believe is classes, they are hard done by and never had a chance etc...
I don't like the BBC - its a state run propoganda machine but hey ho...
Don't care about Nigel Farage
No I am not an immigrant...

But SERIOUSLY when did these become bad things?!?!!?!
[quote][p][bold]The Doosra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Omicron[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ushmush83[/bold] wrote: And stop reading the Mail.[/p][/quote]And just what is wrong with the Daily Mail? It strikes me that the critics of the Mail have to be the most avid readers of the paper otherwise they wouldn't know what was in it in order to tell people not to read it. If you see what I mean. At least the Mail cares about what happens to this country.[/p][/quote]so long as you're white, middle class, own your own home, hate the BBC, think Nigel Farage is an ok sort of bloke, and DEFINITELY not an immigrant.[/p][/quote]To be fair I don't read the Mail as it is as depressing as some of the pigeon holeing people try to do on here. But: I am white, whats wrong with that? I own my own home and work hard to do so, if more did then we would be in such financial cr@p. Middle class? - maybe I guess - I don't really think about it - too busy working to improve myself unlike those who believe is classes, they are hard done by and never had a chance etc... I don't like the BBC - its a state run propoganda machine but hey ho... Don't care about Nigel Farage No I am not an immigrant... But SERIOUSLY when did these become bad things?!?!!?! Vox populi
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10:24am Thu 20 Dec 12

Omicron says...

pronstar wrote:
Omicron wrote:
ushmush83 wrote: And stop reading the Mail.
And just what is wrong with the Daily Mail? It strikes me that the critics of the Mail have to be the most avid readers of the paper otherwise they wouldn't know what was in it in order to tell people not to read it. If you see what I mean. At least the Mail cares about what happens to this country.
That's so funny, I would expect you to come up such a comment. Maybe easier to say what's right with the Mail...absolutely nothing being the obvious answer.
So you read the Daily Mail then.
Hypocrite.
[quote][p][bold]pronstar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Omicron[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ushmush83[/bold] wrote: And stop reading the Mail.[/p][/quote]And just what is wrong with the Daily Mail? It strikes me that the critics of the Mail have to be the most avid readers of the paper otherwise they wouldn't know what was in it in order to tell people not to read it. If you see what I mean. At least the Mail cares about what happens to this country.[/p][/quote]That's so funny, I would expect you to come up such a comment. Maybe easier to say what's right with the Mail...absolutely nothing being the obvious answer.[/p][/quote]So you read the Daily Mail then. Hypocrite. Omicron
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12:35pm Thu 20 Dec 12

pinkfluff says...

Omicron wrote:
ushmush83 wrote: And stop reading the Mail.
And just what is wrong with the Daily Mail? It strikes me that the critics of the Mail have to be the most avid readers of the paper otherwise they wouldn't know what was in it in order to tell people not to read it. If you see what I mean. At least the Mail cares about what happens to this country.
ROLF
[quote][p][bold]Omicron[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ushmush83[/bold] wrote: And stop reading the Mail.[/p][/quote]And just what is wrong with the Daily Mail? It strikes me that the critics of the Mail have to be the most avid readers of the paper otherwise they wouldn't know what was in it in order to tell people not to read it. If you see what I mean. At least the Mail cares about what happens to this country.[/p][/quote]ROLF pinkfluff
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4:28pm Thu 20 Dec 12

ushmush83 says...

pinkfluff wrote:
Omicron wrote:
ushmush83 wrote: And stop reading the Mail.
And just what is wrong with the Daily Mail? It strikes me that the critics of the Mail have to be the most avid readers of the paper otherwise they wouldn't know what was in it in order to tell people not to read it. If you see what I mean. At least the Mail cares about what happens to this country.
ROLF
Harris? ;)
[quote][p][bold]pinkfluff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Omicron[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ushmush83[/bold] wrote: And stop reading the Mail.[/p][/quote]And just what is wrong with the Daily Mail? It strikes me that the critics of the Mail have to be the most avid readers of the paper otherwise they wouldn't know what was in it in order to tell people not to read it. If you see what I mean. At least the Mail cares about what happens to this country.[/p][/quote]ROLF[/p][/quote]Harris? ;) ushmush83
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11:26pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Saturn V says...

The Daily Mail pays stooges thousands of pounds to do a photo shoot (and tell the world how they are planning to spend 2k on christmas, or 10k on a boob job, despite being on benefits.)
It's all about making people hate each other.
The Daily Mail pays stooges thousands of pounds to do a photo shoot (and tell the world how they are planning to spend 2k on christmas, or 10k on a boob job, despite being on benefits.) It's all about making people hate each other. Saturn V
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9:49am Fri 21 Dec 12

iamthebinman says...

Saturn V wrote:
The Daily Mail pays stooges thousands of pounds to do a photo shoot (and tell the world how they are planning to spend 2k on christmas, or 10k on a boob job, despite being on benefits.)
It's all about making people hate each other.
Spot on. The Mail will find a one off situation and get us to believe it is the norm. And by reading comments posted on this site, it works.
[quote][p][bold]Saturn V[/bold] wrote: The Daily Mail pays stooges thousands of pounds to do a photo shoot (and tell the world how they are planning to spend 2k on christmas, or 10k on a boob job, despite being on benefits.) It's all about making people hate each other.[/p][/quote]Spot on. The Mail will find a one off situation and get us to believe it is the norm. And by reading comments posted on this site, it works. iamthebinman
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