Speed­ing with­out a li­cence

Whitsunday Times - - COURT & LAW -

A DINGO Beach man caught speed­ing and driv­ing with­out a li­cence has nar­rowly es­caped an im­me­di­ate prison sen­tence.

Adam Don­ald John Forbes, 34, pleaded guilty in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day to dis­obey­ing the speed limit and driv­ing with­out a li­cence.

Pros­e­cu­tor Robert Beamish said po­lice used a laser speed de­tec­tion de­vice that showed Forbes driv­ing at 95km/h in an 80km/h zone on Gre­gory-Can­non Val­ley Rd at Strathdickie at 4.40pm on July 31.

Mr Beamish said Forbes told po­lice at the time he was driv­ing from Dingo Beach to Air­lie Beach and had missed the 80km/h sign be­cause his child was cry­ing in the back seat.

The court heard Forbes had al­ready lost his driver’s li­cence at the time.

Rep­re­sent­ing him­self in court, Forbes said he was driv­ing be­cause his wife was in the back seat at­tend­ing to their son, who was “play­ing up”.

Forbes was sen­tenced to one month in prison, wholly sus­pended for six months. He was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for six months.

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