Drunk driver not even old enough

A DRUNK 15-year-old driver came dangerously close to slamming into a police car at a Hervey Bay intersection on Thursday night.

The teenage girl, not old enough to hold even a learner’s permit, was travelling alone in the car and allegedly returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.139 when she was picked up in Pialba about midnight.

Police said they saw the teenager run a red light at the intersection of Boat Harbour Drive and Hunter Street before her car came within metres of striking the police car.

District Operations Inspector Daryl Powell said the danger of the incident had “astounded even the most experienced police officers”.

It also comes one day after Police Minister Neil Roberts and the state’s emergency services launched their Christmas road safety campaign, where they pleaded with Queensland drivers to take care on the roads.

Senior Sergeant Dan Willett, officer in charge of Hervey Bay police station, described the combination of inexperience and drink-driving as a “disaster waiting to happen”.

“The fact that that young person had that amount of alcohol in her body, coupled with the obvious lack of experience, and was driving a motor vehicle is a disaster waiting to happen,” Snr Sgt Willett said.

He said the incident was disappointing but that police were constantly disappointed by the number of drink-drivers being caught on the Coast’s roads.

“It doesn’t matter if it was a juvenile or what, the whole thing is disappointing,” he said.

“The number of drink-drivers caught in Hervey Bay is alarming when you consider the amount of education and media coverage ... and everything else provided to drivers to try and stop this behaviour.

“Police are once again urging everyone to be mindful of the consequences of their actions at all times when driving motor vehicles.

“The holiday season is upon us which brings a huge increase of traffic volume to Hervey Bay.

“You should not consume alcohol and drive.”

The teenage girl will be dealt with under the Juvenile Justice Act.

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