P-plater fined for drink driving

A P-PLATE drink driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .143 per cent was fined a whopping $1060 in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday.

Kym Marie Franklin, 19, told the court she just didn't think before she got behind the wheel, but Magistrate Maxine Baldwin asked her to try and imagine what she could have done with that kind of money instead.

“Holy Dooley, that's just terrible,” Mrs Baldwin said and ordered Franklin to go to a driving attitude workshop in August.

The car Franklin was driving was pulled over by police on Excelsior Road, April 10. The court heard she had only one previous speeding matter on her traffic history and Franklin, of Barling Road, Greens Creek, was disqualified from driving for nine months and fined.

On the other end of the scale in Gympie Magistrates Court, Ronald Clifton Kemp, 73, of Fairview Road, Monkland had his licence disqualified for three months and was fined $530 for drink driving on May 1.

He said he stayed an extra hour at the pub before driving home and was stopped by police on Brisbane Road. His BAC was .082 per cent.

Gympie Times


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