Highs and lows for drink drivers
IT might be best to abstain from drinking even one drop of alcohol if you are going to get behind the wheel, Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told a roomful of drink drivers caught just over the limit.
It was “a last minute decision” for Michael Kent Curtis when he was caught driving with an illegal blood alcohol content (BAC) of .056 per cent on River Road, February 14. With just two minor speeding offences in 45 years, it was a terrible blemish on his “stellar” record, Mrs Baldwin said. Curtis, 63, of Kingsview Drive, Flaxton, was disqualified from driving for one month and fined $200.
The Sunshine Coast Tactical Crime Squad had bigger fish to fry but driver John Meddings, 44, was not thrown back for a low BAC reading. of .055 per cent on December 29. Meddings of Woodrose Road, Morayfield, said it was a “genuine case of miscalculation” when he drove with an illegal BAC on Cooloola’s Leisha Track. He was disqualified from driving for one month and fined $200.
A couple of beers put Scott Thomas Mackay, 31, over the limit on February 11 when he drove with an illegal BAC of .056 per cent on Pine Street. Mackay, of Hood Road, Veteran, lost his licence for one month and was fined $200.
Meaghan Dunning, 37, of Euston Road, Glastonbury, didn’t think she would be over when she drove on Monkland Street, February 7. She had an illegal BAC .063 per cent. “A low reading – very unfortunate,” Magistrate said and granted her a restricted work licence for a two-month disqualification period and fined her $200.
A little higher, Peter William Grace, 61, had an illegal BAC of .069 per cent when his car was stopped by police on Kandanga Creek Road, February 2. Grace, of Main Street, Kandanga said he didn’t make a habit of drink driving and was disqualified from driving for three months and fined $400.
Tide turns for drink driver
HE thought he would get away with it – a quick drive down to the beach to check the tide while he was under the influence of alcohol. What Warren John Law didn’t consider was the possibility of getting bogged, which he did. Police on patrols of Teewah Beach pulled up and breathalysed Law, recording an illegal blood alcohol content of .098 per cent. “I knew I was over the limit but no one was around,” Law told Gympie Magistrates Court and said he had only driven about 300 metres. Law, of Pacific Haven, was granted a restricted work licence for an eight-month disqualification period. He was also fined $400.
Stop them in their tracks
NEW laws will see repeat drink drivers and those with excessive blood alcohol levels pay for the installation of alcohol interlockers in their vehicles to keep them off the road. Introduced into State Parliament yesterday, the Transport Legislation Amendment Bill has introduced the scheme of alcohol interlocks for high-risk drink drivers. It requires drivers to pass a breath test before they can operate their vehicle.