Cav­a­lier at­ti­tude

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

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