Charges of driving while prohibited, or while suspended, clutter the court docket in Princeton each month.
In July, it prompted Judge Robin Smith to quip from the bench: “Does anyone in Princeton have a licence?”
Cpl. Mike Halskov, media relations officer for B.C. RCMP Traffic Services, told The Spotlight it is a common problem, causing a common arrest in many jurisdictions.
During the August court sitting, six men answered to charges of driving while prohibited or with a suspended licence.
Trevor Hunt pleaded guilty to two counts. As the incidents constituted a second offense, Crown sought 14 days in jail.
Judge Gregory Koturbash indicated it was not possible to sentence Hunt to weekends, because of COVID protocols.
The judge instead opted for a $1,000 fine and a further 12-month driving suspension.
“You’ve indicated to me you are raising two young children. I’m assuming going to jail would be complicated,” Koturbash said.
“I can assure you it’s a huge break.
“I can tell you this sort of arrangement isn’t going to happen in the future.”
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