Driver on Valium fined $500 and loses licence

Tracey Joynson

A 54-YEAR-OLD man driving after taking Valium almost collided with a truck while driving erratically south of Maryborough.

The Maryborough Magistrates Court heard other road users soon became aware of John Allan Tarabay as he drove toward Tiaro.

The Aramara man repeatedly crossed over the central line separating traffic and at one point narrowly avoided a collision with an oncoming truck, the court heard.

Motorists alerted police to his erratic driving and police were able to see it for themselves as they approached his vehicle in Main St, Tiaro.

They witnessed his ute veer over the central line three times before they signalled him to pull over.

People in another vehicle also pulled over and showed police video they had taken of Tarabay's driving.

When police spoke to Tarabay at the scene, he told them he did not feel fatigued.

The court heard Tarabay had told police he was unaware he had crossed over the central line several times.

He pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, lost his licence for three months and was fined $500.

Tarabay told police he had been watching the load he was transporting in his ute.

But in court he said he had taken two Valiums before driving that day and that he "must have been fatigued and didn't realise it".

"It hadn't affected me before," he said.

Topics:  court, driver, tiaro, valium



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