Drink-driv­ers warned

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

EMMA Louise Gil­lam told the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court she thought she would be “right to drive” when she got be­hind the wheel of a sil­ver util­ity on July 12.

The 24-year-old was pulled over at the in­ter­sec­tion of Shute Har­bour Road and Stan­ley Drive at 9.30pm. She ad­mit­ted drink­ing three stub­bies of Carl­ton Draft beer that af­ter­noon but said she had not eaten. Her BAC read­ing was .137.

Mag­is­trate Max­ine Bald­win said she wished that in­stead of hav­ing to take Gil­lam’s li­cence away, she could have her sit in the coroner’s court. She said the prob­lem with drink-driv­ing was that al­co­hol was a re­lax­ant that slowed a per­son’s re­sponse.

Ms Bald­win told the story of a young man from Western Aus­tralia who had his whole life ahead of him and the world at his feet un­til he killed some­one in a drinkdriv­ing ac­ci­dent. The man served three years of a fiveyear jail sen­tence, but said noth­ing would be worse than not be­ing able to sleep at night with­out see­ing his vic­tim’s face.

“Don’t ever get in a car [af­ter drink­ing] and say, I think I’m right to drive,” Ms Bald­win said.

She said at .137 Gil­lam was “just 10-feet tall and bul­let­proof”.

“[But] at .137 you could never have stopped,” she said.

Gil­lam was fined $660 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 12 months. Her ap­pli­ca­tion for a work li­cence was suc­cess­ful.

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