‘One sip too many’ may have cost driver

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

COUNT­ING his drinks was not enough to avoid reg­is­ter­ing an al­co­hol level of .05% for a 41-year-old Mun­dub­bera man. The man told po­lice he had con­sumed six mid-strength schooners throughout the day. Mag­is­trate Max­ine Bald­win said the man may have only had “one sip too many,” but “It’s not a ques­tion of “am I okay to drive”; you must ask “am I alert enough to cope with what hap­pens on the road?” Ms Bald­win re­it­er­ated her ear­lier state­ment that if you are go­ing to drink then you should rule out driv­ing com­pletely.

WRECKED trucks, snapped trees and crushed spir­its – only the strong­est sur­vive at King of the Park.

Last week­end an Aus­tralian first took place at Ma­nar Park when teams com­peted in a 4WD GPS race be­tween tough trucks, winch trucks and off-road bug­gies.

Twelve ve­hi­cles had to reach 30 GPS points over 3000 acres per day in some of the tough­est ter­rain you can ac­cess on four wheels.

The King of thePark­was Sum­mit Rac­ing, with driver Michael Car­mac and nav­i­ga­tor Dave Greggs com­plet­ing the two-day course in just over eight hours.

Only four ve­hi­cles fin­ished both days of rac­ing.

One ca­su­alty saw a truck be­ing winched out of rocks when the gum tree an­chor snapped in half and landed on the ve­hi­cle’s bon­net.

An­other chal­lenge was the hill climb which saw a racer flip his truck and slide back down the hill on its side.

Event or­gan­iser An­drew Far­rel said the race was as much about brains as it was brawn.

“You’ve got to think about it,” MrFar­rel said. “A lot of them are just go­ing flat out and bust­ing their trucks.”

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