Drink-driving with kids
A SINGLE mum who crashed her car with her kids on board has admitted to driving with a BAC of 0.174%.
Dorothy Jean Gorman, of Gunalda, rolled her car on May 27 at Sorensen Rd, Gunalda, after drinking vodka and orange juice with friends.
She told the court she swerved to avoid hitting a kangaroo, and had no idea she was so far over the limit – but Magistrate John Smith was not convinced.
“You've got to be kidding me,” Mr Smith said.
“You were driving with a BAC of 0.17% with your child on board. It's too late to be sorry if your children are dead.”
He said drink-drivers were a danger not only to themselves and their families but also everyone else on the roads.
“As for the kangaroo – if you hadn't had any alcohol in your system when it jumped out in front of you, you might have been able to avoid an accident,” he said.
He fined Gorman $1000 and disqualified her from driving for 14 months.
Three times over means no licence
Man more than three times over
A MAN who drove while more than three times the legal alcohol limit lost his licence for one-and-a-half years in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.
William Bond, 41, was pulled over on Central Ave, Urraween, at 12.35am on May 13 for a random breath test.
The court heard Bond returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.174.
Bond was fined $1000 and had his licence disqualified for 18 months.
A MAN who was supposed to drive with no alcohol in his system at all pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.143.
Geoffrey Joseph Fahey, 17, was on a provisional licence when he was pulled over on Bideford St on May 6.
The court heard he returned the reading even though the limit for a P-plater is zero.
Fahey was fined $700 and lost his licence for eight months.
Off road for six months after RBT
JILLIAN Rubina Smith pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to driving while over double the legal alcohol limit.
Smith, 25, submitted to a random breath test on May 1 and returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.110.
Smith was fined $600 and lost her licence for six months.
Last chance for repeat offender
A WOMAN told the court she was “very disappointed in myself” after pleading guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to her third drink-driving offence.
Nicole Jane Emmerton, 31, returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.112 when she was pulled over in Pialba on May 12.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said Emmerton's readings were increasing after already being convicted of two previous offences, and asked the court to consider a probation order.
Magistrate Tom Killeen felt Emmerton should have one last chance with a monetary penalty, and fined her $800.
Emmerton also lost her licence for eight months.
Drink-driving on suspended sentence
A MARYBOROUGH woman who was caught drink-driving while on a suspended sentence faced Maryborough Magistrates Court last week.
Kylie Anne West pleaded guilty to driving with a BAC of 0.057% while on a learner's permit – and could offer no good reason why she had got behind the wheel.
She was fined $400 and disqualified for six months, with a conviction recorded.
She was also committed to district court to deal with breaching the terms of her suspended sentence.