Harsh punishment for drink driver

“YOU’RE kidding,” was one defendant’s reaction in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday to hearing she would be fined $1800.

“For .122, that’s a bit harsh,” Meagan Anne Leitch said of her drink driving charge from September 26 along Bli Bli Road, Nambour.

The court heard that the defendant came to the attention of police when a concerned motorist phoned in relation to Leitch’s driving.

Leitch said she’d had “too many drinks the night before and not much sleep”.

“Struth, it must have been a big night to be still .122 the next morning,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said.

Mrs Baldwin told the court that Leitch had a “significant reading” in 2000 and in 2005 had a “huge reading” and this latest illegal blood alcohol content reading was “in between” the previous two.

“I did not think I would be over,” Leitch, who did not have legal representation, said.

“You were two and a half times over the limit,” Mrs Baldwin pointed out and told Leitch she was a “real risk” on the roads.

“Real risk at .122 – are you for real”?

“Clearly you don’t see this as seriously as it is,” Mrs Baldwin said.

“It was five years ago (since last conviction),” Leitch insisted.

Rather than fine Leitch $1800, Mrs Baldwin gave her the opportunity to attend an under the limit course at a cost of $750.

Leitch was also placed on probation for six months and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

“If there is a problem developing, probation can help you,” Mrs Baldwin told Leitch.

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