Magistrate warns of large fines

A NUMBER of drink-drivers faced charges in court on Friday, including a 54-year-old man who blew more than four times the legal limit.

A police spokesman said he was disgusted to see so many people still drink-driving despite repeated warnings.

“The drivers caught were not just driving on main roads, police target the back streets as well.

“So if drivers think they can drink and take back roads to avoid being caught then they are wrong,” The Observer was told.

Police said in the past six months they had arrested more than 280 people for drink-driving and it had to stop.

Gladstone Magistrate Damian Carroll said he was appalled people were not taking the warnings and penalties seriously.

“They are just thumbing their nose at court,” Mr Carroll said during a recent sitting.

“Maybe it’s time I started increasing the fines because we’ve got to stop it.”



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