'DRIVING: Driving errors brought three Gympie region people before Gympie Magistrates Court on Thursday.
'DRIVING: Driving errors brought three Gympie region people before Gympie Magistrates Court on Thursday. John McCutcheon

Man drink drives for 5 seconds, loses licence for a year

Brief 'idiocy'

RAINBOW Beach diving contractor Kevin David Phillips will have someone else operate his car and boat after what he called "less than five seconds of idiocy" on November 25.

Phillips, 51, told Gympie Magistrates Court on Thursday: "I still can't believe I drove my car from my neighbour's driveway across the road and into mine."

Phillips pleaded guilty to driving with an alcohol reading of 0.17%.

Magistrate M Baldwin fined him $1200 and disqualified him from driving for 12 months.


'Complex laws'

A TRUCK driver was fined $1500 in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday, after misunderstanding the law on compulsory break times for drivers.

"I had a seven-hour sleep and thought I was right," he told Magistrate M Baldwin.

"I acknowledge these things are quite technical," Mrs Baldwin said. "Only this week we had a man affected by the technicalities of being a hotel licensee.

"The technicalities of being a lawyer are highly technical too.

"But if you are going to be in these industries you have to cop it sweet.

"A tired truck driver is the absolute fear of other drivers," she said.


Due care

NEERDIE'S Andre Edward Thomas, 18, has to do a Roadcraft driving course as part of a $600, six-month good behaviour bond imposed in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday, after he rear-ended a car turning off Tin Can Bay Rd on November 16. The court was told he was distracted by unpleasantness in his personal life at the time.