Drink-drivers shock Magistrate

A CAVALCADE of drink-drivers spilled through the Casino Local Court yesterday, with one driver facing jail on his sixth drink-driving offence.

Casino’s grass may also grow quite a bit longer, after a Richmond Valley Council tractor mower driver was disqualified from driving for three months.

Dismayed by the number of offenders risking their lives and the lives of other road users, Magistrate Robyn Denes frequently warned offenders as they appeared that they could not second guess their blood/alcohol readings with any accuracy after drinking. Instead she said if they drank they should not drive.

Mark Creighton, 46, the council mower driver, was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for 12 weeksafter pleading guilty to low-range drink-driving (0.055) on December 9.

Defence lawyer Greg Lamond said Creighton was drinking at home then went to a hotel to pay his TABaccount, not realising he was over the legal limit.

It was his second offence and Ms Denes told Creighton ‘if you are going to drive then you can’t drink’.

“Was it so important to pay your TAB account then?” she asked.

“I don’t believe you gave it a moment’s thought. I want everyone to think before they drive.”

Casino baker Andrew Frazer, 40, plead guilty to his sixth drink-driving offence and was warned he riskedbeing put behind bars.

Frazer was on a bond for drink-driving when arrested at 2.10am on December 13, three times over thelegal limit. He recorded a high-range blood/alcohol reading of 0.180 after police stopped him when he flashed his car’s high beam.

“He should be under no illusions of what will happen. You are at very real risk of going through the side door (to jail),” Ms Denes warned. Frazer is to be sentenced on March 3.

Rodney Goulding, 26, was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for six months after he was caught at 11pm on Christmas Eve with a mid-range blood/alcohol reading of 0.095.

Anthony Flint, 34, of Baryulgil, was fined $1000 and disqualified for six months for a mid-range (0.085) offence. Police found him asleep at the wheel, stopped in the middle of a road near Tabulam at 2am on December 10.

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