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.