Drag racers end up facing court

A FIVE-hundred metre drag race between two friends down one of Hervey Bay's main roads has cost both drivers their licences.

One of them, single mum Brooke Peta Bayley, began to cry in court when told she would have to remain off the roads for the next six months.

But Hervey Bay Magistrate Tom Killeen had no sympathy, telling her drag racing was simply unacceptable.

"This type of conduct is totally unacceptable by the courts, it is not acceptable by the community or the police at all," Mr Killeen said.

"It was potentially very dangerous."

Bayley, 23, was racing against her friend Anthony Michael North along Boat Harbour Dr, Pialba, on August 29.

Police were parked in the McDonalds carpark about 1am when they saw the two speeding vehicles roar past them in a westerly direction.

"It was clear to police that both vehicles were racing each other and were travelling well in excess of the 60kmh speed limit for that area," police prosecutor Senior Constable Nicole Kunkel told the court.

Both cars were intercepted just past the Beach Rd roundabout and when questioned by police as to their reason for racing, North said they were simply "dicking around" and meant no harm.

North, 22, and Bayley pleaded guilty to one count each of street racing.

Snr Const Kunkel said Bayley had a prior conviction for careless driving and asked that her licence be disqualified.

But Bayley protested, saying that not being allowed to drive would have a huge impact on her life because she lived out of town, but worked in town.

Mr Killeen sentenced both drivers to a six-month licence disqualification.

He also fined Bayley $750 and North $500.



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