Fa­tigued taxi driver fined

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A WHIT­SUN­DAY taxi driver who ran off the road while car­ry­ing six pas­sen­gers ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day

Wayne Alan Peadon pleaded guilty to driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Se­nior Sergeant Matt Saun­ders said po­lice at­tended the scene of a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle traf­fic ac­ci­dent on Shute Har­bour Road at Mt Ju­lian at 5.10am on Au­gust 28.

They found a maxi-taxi had run off the road with two of the six pas­sen­gers sus­tain­ing in­juries.

Snr Sgt Saun­ders said Peadon de­scribed him­self as “a bit fa­tigued” and ad­mit­ted he was at fault.

He said two of the pas­sen­gers also re­called hear­ing Peadon say he was fa­tigued and had fallen asleep at the wheel.

In court on Mon­day, Peadon was given an op­por­tu­nity to speak out in his de­fence.

He de­clined to com­ment, other than to say that “on the Tues­day af­ter­noon, when I’d nor­mally be hav­ing a rest... I had per­sonal com­mit­ments to at­tend to”.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said Peadon’s traf­fic his­tory was “un­re­mark­able” and there was cer­tainly noth­ing of a like na­ture.

He put the in­ci­dent down to “some inat­ten­tion” and im­posed a $440 fine. A con­vic­tion was recorded but no ac­tion was taken with re­spect to Peadon’s driver’s li­cence.

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