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New courier driver dozes off, rolls work ute in ditch

FOUR weeks into his new job as a courier driver and Jackson Ziebell did a serious no, no - dozing off behind the wheel of his Nissan work ute, crashing and rolling in a ditch.

The Nissan landed back on its wheels and the 19-year-old driver luckily escaped any serious harm.

The P-plater was also caught last month speeding at more than 40km/h above the limit.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens told Gladstone Magistrates Court that Ziebell had been driving on the Bruce Hwy near Mount Larcom at 8.30am when he drifted off to sleep.

The ute ran off the road, knocking down a road sign.

He said when Ziebell tried to swerve out of the ditch he over corrected, the ute overturned then came to rest back on its wheels.

No alcohol was involved.

"He told police he fell asleep. He had eight hours sleep the night before but not much sleep over the weekend," Sgt Stevens said.

"It is a serious incident and a licence suspension is appropriate."

Ziebell pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.

Magistrate Jason Schubert fined Ziebell $500 and disqualified him from driving for one month.

 

Topics:  driver fatigue, driving offences, gladstone, gladstone magistrates court




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