Drugged drivers risking lives on Mackay roads
A MACKAY magistrate has expressed her alarm at the number of motorists driving under the influence of a drug cocktail.
Fourteen people on yesterday's Mackay Magistrates Court list were charged with drug-driving offences. Of that number, six people were accused of having both methylamphet- amines and marijuana in their systems while driving.
Mackay man Shane John Tucker, 29, tested positive during a roadside drug test on October 20 last year after he'd been intercepted on Shakespeare St.
He told officers he'd smoked marijuana that day. Self represented, Tucker told the court he'd been taking medication that included "traces of methylamphetamines".
Tucker was fined $350 and disqualified from driving for three months.
Aaron John Fulmer, of North Mackay, told the court he had "no excuse".
"I should have known better than to drive under the influence," the 27-year-old said.
He was fined $500 and disqualified for four months for driving with methyl- amphetamines and marij- uana in his system on November 17 last year on Victoria St.
David Stuart Mason, of Mackay, was arrested and charged with the same charge on the same day at the same location as Fulmer, the court was told. The 41-year-old was fined $350 and disqualified for three months.
"I'm alarmed at the number of people driving around this town with methylamphetamines and cannabis in their system," Magistrate Nerida Wilson said. "It puts everyone at risk."
Sean Ross Radel, of Bucasia, said driving after smoking marijuana was a "silly mistake". The 19-year-old was fined $350 and disqualified from driving for three months.
Everyone else had their matters adjourned.