Drunk driver without a licence, fined E1 700
IN one of the careless behaviours of motorists, an unlicensed driver had the guts to get behind the wheel while knowing that he was intoxicated and unauthorised to drive any motor vehicle.
This was heard in the case of Mcolisi Ndzimandze of Gamula who appeared before the Magistrate’s Court after he was nabbed along the Big BendMatata road. He was charged with two counts of contravening the Road Traffic Act of 2007.
On the first count, the accused person was said to have wrongfully and unlawfully driven a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor.
Particulars of the offence included that the accused was driving the vehicle in a zig-zag manner, prompting the police to examine his state of sobriety.
A breathalyser test is said to have indicated that the accused had a content of alcohol reading as 0.46 mg/l in his system, which is above the legal limit which stands at 0.37 mg/l.
He was further charged with driving a motor vehicle without being a holder of a driver’s licence.
When the charge sheet was read to him, the accused person pleaded guilty to each of the charges. His pleas were also accepted by the crown without leading evidence to prove commission of the offences. During mitigation, the accused person pleaded with the court to be lenient when passing sentence.
He told the court that the vehicle actually belonged to his elder brother who was too drunk to drive. He alleged that his brother sent him to buy food from the shop, without knowing that he had also taken a few glasses of beer while they were at home.
“My family thinks that I do not take alcohol, which is why they sent me to the shop during a family gathering,” he said. He was accordingly found guilty on both counts and was fined E1 200 and E500, respectively.