Illiterate driver disqualified

A TIN Can Bay man, who said he never held a licence because he had no reason to drive, was given until August 19 to get his learner’s permit.

Peter Lesley Harvey, 40, was in Gympie Magistrates Court on charges of drink driving and unlicensed driving at Cooloola Cove on April 23. He was stopped by police on Investigator Avenue for a random breath test and had a blood alcohol concentration of .065 per cent.

Defence lawyer Corey Jenkins said Harvey didn’t have a driver’s licence because he couldn’t read and write. He asked the magistrate to consider that when deciding the length of probation or suspended sentence however, Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said she was thinking of neither.

“What he’s got to do is get a licence,” she said and adjourned the unlicensed matter for Harvey to “get off the merry-go-round”. For the drink driving offence she disqualified him from holding a licence for two months and fined him $400.

“After two months, some way you’re going to get a licence. There are ways of doing it – a reader and writer can help you.

Mrs Baldwin said she would give Harvey, of Groper Street, as many chances as he needed because he was close to going to jail.

Gympie Times


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