Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Driver Must Install Drink-Drive Device

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Driver Must Install Drink-Drive Device

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A MAN who blew more than three times over the legal limit has been ordered to have a breath testing device installed in his car before he can drive again.

Damien Leith Mallory was pulled over in Hervey Bay for a breath test after police had been following him earlier on.

He blew 0.172%.

Hervey Bay Magistrate Graeme Tatnell told Mallory his behaviour was a acostly exercisea as not only would he receive a high fine but under new legislation would also be required to install the breath testing device.

Mallory was fined $1500 and disqualified from driving for 17 months.

Young driver learns lesson the hard way

A YOUNG man who had already been punished by his family for drink-driving copped a second blow last week.

Defence lawyer John Milburn told the court Jarrad John Hendrie, 21, was the first in his family ever to have been in trouble with the police.

He had been pulled over for a random breath test after taking friends to a Hervey Bay nightclub and had blown 0.093%.

Mr Milburn said Hendrie's parents had taken his car keys off him following the charge to teach him a lesson. He was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months.

Man, 79, grabbed a[approximately]the wrong bottle'

AN ELDERLY man who accidentally took the awrong bottle of winea out to dinner had to pay the price for his unfortunate mistake this week.

Community volunteer Victor Charles Fay blew 0.069% when he was pulled over on his way home from his weekly night out with his wife.

The 79-year-old told the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court he and his wife always took the same 8% bottle of wine to dinner and only ever share half the bottle to stay safe for driving.

He said on the occasion in question he had simply been in a rush to get out the door and had accidentally picked up the awrong bottlea, a 12% wine from liquor cabinet.

A sympathetic magistrate Graeme Tatnell noted Fay's contribution to the community and said if he was allowed to use his discretion he would not take his licence away at all but was left with no choice.

Fay was fined $250 and disqualified for one month.

He said he had since ensured the bottles in the cabinet had been well and truly separated. …

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