Gympie Magistrate gives drug drivers a serve
GYMPIE Magistrate M. Baldwin made it clear to those facing court this week on drug and drink-driving charges the potential danger of their actions.
"If you're going to smoke marijuana that's one thing, but don't get behind the wheel of a car," she told one self-admitted chronic smoker.
"There's no way you can respond as quickly as anyone else," she said as she explained to another driver how reaction time slows down considerably when affected by marijuana.
She said for a drug-affected driver it takes longer for the messages to get from the eye to the brain to the hand or foot, adding precious seconds and therefore distance when trying to stop or turn a corner.
Four drug-drivers and one drink-driver pleaded guilty to charges in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday. The drug-drivers were caught when Gympie's Random Drug Testing Unit patrolled the region on November 27 and 28 last year.
Langshaw man Kurt Adam Beutel, 25, had marijuana in his system while driving on Watson Rd on November 27, while Imbil man David Paul Williams, 42, was caught for the same offence on Nash St the same day. Both drivers were disqualified from driving for one month and fined $440.
Two more drivers - Southside man Sebastian Edward Davey, 23, who drove marijuana-affected on Exhibition Rd on November 27 and East Deep Creek man Dylan Russell Taylor, 20, who was picked up the next day drug-driving at Station Rd were also banned from driving for one month and fined $350.
Banks Pocket woman Lynda Birse, 35, was issued the same sentence for driving just over the limit at 0.056 at Southside on July 1.