P-plater caught at .035

A P-PLATE teenage driver has been told by a Lismore Local Court magistrate that if she has ‘a death wish’ then she should not be driving on roads where she could harm someone else.

Magistrate Robyn Denes scolded Cody Tallon for driving on the Pacific Highway near Coffs Harbour after drinking alcohol while holding a provisional licence (a zero alcohol provision).

Tallon, 19, of Corindi Beach, but now living in Lismore, pleaded guilty to the charge of being a special category driver who drove with a special range blood/alcohol reading (0.035) at 11.30pm on May 8.

She also pleaded guilty to not complying with provisional licence regulations after police found she had two passengers under the age of 21 in her Toyota Corolla.

Ms Denes told the teenager her driving record was quite bad for someone still on her P-plates.

Tallon said she previously lost her licence for six months after being caught speeding.

She said she would not drink and drive again, and had done a Police Citizens and Youth Club traffic course.

Ms Denes told Tallon she recently heard a case in which a passenger died following a road crash involving alcohol. The magistrate then made the ‘death wish’ comment to Tallon.

“The drink-driving course made me wake up to myself,” Tallon said.

Ms Denes said she had seen young drivers talking on their mobile phones, some with a cigarette in their hand or trying to put lipstick on ‘with their third hand’ as they drove along in their ‘little bubble’.

“It’s not a cafe,” she said.

Tallon was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for three months.



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