Smoking up car tyres is a wealth hazard

VAN Michael Karlson, who made his car's tyres smoke, was quizzed by Gladstone Magistrate Jeffrey Clarke about the model when he pleaded guilty to wilfully making unnecessary smoke.

The 22-year-old replied it was a Nissan Silvia and the magistrate smiled, recognising the older sports coupe as being a popular model with young drivers.

Police prosecutor Nina Sulzer said Karlson had made unnecessary smoke when watched by police at 5.30pm on February 22 driving along Witney St and Dixon Drive.

"He was driving extremely fast, causing the tyres to create smoke for 20 metres," she said.

In his defence the court was told Karlson, a fitter and turner, had not realised the driver of a parked vehicle was pulling out from a kerb as he was making a right turn, so he accelerated because he did not want it to collide with his driver-side door.

Mr Clarke fined Karlson $250, saying he would take no action on his licence, but called on him to be much more responsible.



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