Drug driver ‘stupid’ to offend after jail sentence

BRICKIES labourer Gradey Fraser Gill has pleaded guilty to drug driving after his vehicle was stopped by police at Beecher on December 16.

He tested positive in a saliva test.

Appearing before Gladstone Magistrates Court, Gill, 21, pleaded guilty to driving with cannabis in his system at 5.30pm that day.

And because the offence is a breach of a suspended jail sentence Gill now risks time in jail.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said the drug had stayed in Gill's system; he had not used it that day and he had no history of drug driving.

However, magistrate Penelope Hay said Gill had a prior offence of drink driving and this was "not a good start" to his driving record as he had been disqualified back in 2013 when still a P-plated driver.

"Perhaps you don't appreciate how easy it is to kill someone when under the influence on the road," Ms Hay said.

She reminded Gill that a driver must be fully alert on the road in case an emergency situation, such as a child running onto the road.

"If you are under the influence of a drug your reactions can be delayed," Ms Hay said.

"A split second delay can make a difference. You are not a child anymore."

Gill was fined $500 and disqualified for two months.

The court heard the drug driving conviction was in breach of a suspended nine month jail sentence Gill received in the District Court for an unrelated offence.

Ms Hay said the sentence was imposed (on December 1) just two weeks before the driving offence.

She committed Gill to reappear back before the District Court over the breach.

"Mr Gill I'm surprised that you would be stupid enough to find yourself in this position so soon after being dealt with in the District Court for a serious offence," she said.

"Given the seriousness of your offending it is very serious."


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