Suspended driver hits cyclist
SUSPENDED driver Trent Broad should not have been driving when in a moment of apparent distraction his vehicle drifted across the traffic lane.
The wing mirror struck a cyclist's bike and the female rider was knocked onto the road.
Prosecutor Sgt Pepe Gangemi told Gladstone Magistrates Court the incident happened at 7.15pm on January 15 and the rider suffered abrasions.
Sgt Gangemi said the rider saw the vehicle coming before it came closer and clipped her handlebar.
Broad, 28, had taken his eyes off the road when he moved his left hand and struck the centre console.
Sgt Gangemi said Broad's licence was SPER suspended at the time but Broad told police he had not been aware as he had recently moved.
Broad pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention; and driving when suspended (SPER).
Magistrate Jeffrey Clarke looked at Broads prior traffic offences and noted he had one for not having proper control of his vehicle.
He asked Broad if he had any difficulty when on the road having full control of his vehicle.
"No, no difficulty," he said.
Mr Clarke said Broad made an eloquent written submission in his explanation about hitting the centre console to fix the lights.
He said Broad had stopped to help the cyclist.
He told Broad it was very important drivers keep a proper look out and pay attention for other road users.
Broad was fined $750 and was disqualified from driving for one month on each offence.