Teen hoon smoked, screached, fined

A YOUNG hoon was warned to change his driving habits when he appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday.

Benjamin John William Taber, 18, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and consideration for others using the road, and asked Magistrate Tom Killeen not to disqualify his licence.

Taber said he needed his licence for work purposes.

“If your licence is important to you, you shouldn't drive like a hoon,” Magistrate Killeen said.

After reviewing Taber's lack of history, however, Mr Killeen felt a fine was punishment enough for a first offence and decided not to order the licence disqualification.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris told the court Taber started revving his engine loudly right in front of a police patrol car at a set of traffic lights in Torquay at 6.15pm on May 7.

Taber then sped away from the intersection and was pulled over on Freshwater St.

As the car noisily screeched away, it swerved down the road leaving black tyre marks and smoke behind, Snr Const Grigoris said.

Taber, who had passengers in his car at the time, was said to have applied the handbrake in a deliberate attempt to cause the smoke and screeching tyres.

Taber made no excuses for his driving, but simply made the request to keep his licence.

Mr Killeen warned Taber that if he appeared before the court again for a similar offence, he could lose his licence for six months. Taber was fined $400 for his hoon-like behaviour.



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