Grazier to prove driving ability

A KILKIVAN grazier, 75, will need to prove to Queensland Transport that he is fit to drive if he wants to keep his licence after causing a head-on collision along Blacksnake Road, on September 21.

Donald Robert William Lewin drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle while driving along his regular route between his home and his property.

The single-lane bitumen road is shouldered by dirt and gravel to allow oncoming vehicles to move off the road to pass each other — a typical country road that Lewin had driven countless times but on this one occasion pulled off on the wrong side of the road.

He pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court this week to a charge of driving without due care and attention and the matter was adjourned until after he completes a driver assessment, ordered by the transport body.

Lewin was given a show-cause notice by the department to explain why he should be allowed to have a driver’s licence after driving into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

The court heard Lewin was heading west-bound along Blacksnake Road when he moved onto the wrong side of the road, causing the crash.

No one was injured and Lewin originally claimed to police he hadn’t done anything wrong.

“When told his car was on the wrong side of the road he shrugged his shoulders,” acting police prosecutor Senior Constable Richard Nayler said.

Lewin said he provided a letter from his doctor that stated he was a fit and proper person to drive however, it was rejected on the grounds that it needed to be an independent medical assessment.

Queensland Transport referred Lewin to the Driver Assessment Rehabilitation Service for testing and suspended his licence, depending on the outcome. He is allowed to drive only to attend the assessment.

Instead of fining Lewin and possibly taking his licence away, Magistrate Maxine Baldwin adjourned the traffic matter until next year to allow him to complete the assessment and attend a safe driving course.

Gympie Times


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