SHANA Leigh McLean risked the lives of everybody she crammed into her car.
Furthermore, the Proserpine Magistrates Court heard on Monday, the 19-year-old hospitality worker from Cannonvale was a P1 licence holder, subject to restrictions on the number of passengers she could carry who were not family members and under the age of 21.
A breath test taken on the day of the offences revealed she had a breath alcohol content of 0.099.
McLean pleaded guilty to driving over the alcohol limit for a provisional-licence holder, not complying with conditions of that licence, exceeding the carrying capacity of her car, not wearing a seatbelt and not ensuring her passengers were wearing theirs.
On Monday, June 26, at 1.35am, police patrolling Waterson Way in Airlie Beach saw a Hyundai Getz hatchback entering Golden Orchid Dr and noticed the driver wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
When they caught up with the car they noted seven people including the driver, McLean, inside.
Prosecutor Bernhard Berger told the court there were two people in the front passenger seat and four people across the three rear seats.
McLean told police she had “just given everyone a lift home”, he said.
When asked for her driver’s licence she then told police she had lost her wallet a few weeks earlier.
Duty lawyer Cleo Rewald admitted this was a classic example of poor decision making.
“She looks back now and wonders why she did it,” Ms Rewald said.
“She was drunk,” was Magistrate Simon Young’s retort.
Mr Young went on to say McLean had shown she wasn’t mature enough to hold a licence.
“She doesn’t understand or respect it” he said, adding her actions had demonstrated a “rather cavalier attitude” to the privilege of driving.
As for the “help” she had given her friends, Mr Young pointed to the potentially fatal consequences her actions might have had.
“She risked the lives of
everybody in the car trying to be nice to them,” he said.
McLean was fined a total of $1200 and disqualified from driving for four months.