Driv­ers warned to take care of li­cence sta­tus

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

PROSER­PINE mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist is warn­ing mo­torists to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the sta­tus of their li­cences.

Mr St­jern­qvist’s mes­sage was de­liv­ered in court on Mon­day, af­ter Colin Bryce Quetti said he was not aware his li­cence had been de­merit-point-sus­pended, when he was caught driv­ing on Au­gust 31.

At 4.05pm Quetti was seen driv­ing a white Nis­san sedan in a southerly di­rec­tion on the Bruce High­way at Lethe­brook. Po­lice checks re­vealed his li­cence was sus­pended from Au­gust 1 for three months. The 22-year-old said he knew he had fines but didn’t think the penal­ties would amount to 12 points. Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said it was his re­spon­si­bil­ity to know.

“Each and ev­ery one of us bears the onus of mak­ing sure that when we drive, we’re en­ti­tled to,” Mr St­jern­qvist said. Quetti was fined $110 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for six months.

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