Traffic offenders face court

UNAWARE her licence was suspended for not paying fines, Pearl Kelly continued to drive until she was stopped by police on June 23.

As if that wasn't enough bad luck, the friend she called for a lift had his licence checked and was found to be demerit-point suspended.

Adding insult to injury, it turned out Kelly's suspension was lifted 12 hours after she was charged with the unlicensed driving offence.

Gympie Magistrates Court heard that Kelly's licence was disqualified for a month by the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) on April 22 until midnight, June 23.

Kelly, 35, said she had been unaware of the suspension until she was stopped by police on Bath Terrace and given a notice to appear. Pearl Dorothy Kelly, of Queen Elizabeth Drive, Cooloola Cove, was disqualified from driving for one month and fined $100.

Her friend Craig Andrew MacPherson, 40, told Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin he would never have driven to pick Kelly up if he had known his licence was suspended.

“I can see why you lost your licence for demerit points,” Mrs Baldwin said, perusing his traffic history. “It's pretty hard not to know you lost all your points — since 2009 you have lost 18.”

MacPherson, of Roma Street, Monkland, was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $400.

In a totally separate matter, a repeat-unlicensed driver who had forgotten to renew her licence for two-and-a-half years was told to remember that on the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death (August 16) she would be eligible for a licence and needed to go to the Department of Transport to get one.

Susan Diane Barkle, 48, had been driving in Mary Street on June 9 when she was stopped by police for driving an unregistered car. A licence check revealed she hadn't had one since February 2008 when she was disqualified for one month.

Barkle, of McVey Road, Monkland, was fined a total of $800 and disqualified from holding a licence for one month.

Also told to remember Elvis' anniversary was Jason Norman Bouveng, charged with driving while suspended by SPER.

Bouveng, 37, of Whiting Street, Tin Can Bay, was unaware that his licence was suspended until he was stopped by police on Tin Can Bay Road, June 8. He was disqualified from driving for one month by Gympie Magistrates Court and fined $100.

Curra woman, Maxine Lena Chilly, 38, of Settlement Road, was also fined $100 and disqualified from driving for one month for driving while SPER suspended on June 24.

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