In Queensland, a learner driver must have zero blood alcohol concentration (BAC) when driving. If a learner driver is found to have above the prescribed BAC, his license will be immediately suspended.
A drunk learner driver crashed so hard the car he was driving that the power pole he hit got split. Seventeen-year-old Montgomery Bonney and his sixteen-year-old passenger were considered very lucky to have survived the crash alive.
The crash occurred at 8:45 PM of February 27 at Durdins Rd when Bonney with a blood alcohol concentration of .107 when Montgomery using his friend’s car, a Mazda 6, hit a timber power pole which split at the base.
The crash resulted in power lines being down, and electricity was not restored in the surrounding neighbourhood until the early hours of the following morning.
The learner driver pleaded guilty to drink driving and failure to comply with a learner driver’s license requirements. He was disqualified from driving for three months and placed on a good behaviour bond. In imposing the penalty, Bundaberg Magistrate Deb Vasta said, “I’m only doing this because you’ve already had so many other punishments placed on you, so many consequences.”
Bonney’s lawyer, Rian Dwyer, reported that Bonney would shoulder the replacement of the power pole and the expenses for repairing the car which amounted to $15,000.
In Queensland, a learner driver must have zero blood alcohol concentration (BAC) when driving. If a learner driver is found to have above the prescribed BAC, his license will be immediately suspended. If the BAC of the learner drink driver is above zero, but below 0.05, he may be penalised with a fine that ranges from $1540 to $6600, 3 to 9 months of disqualification from driving or imprisonment of 3 to 18 months.
Bundaberg Magistrate Deb Vasta told Bonney how lucky he is and proceeded to compare Bonney’s crash to a similar situation that involved a 17-year-old who died from the injuries she sustained when she crashed into an electric pole on her way home from school. According to Magistrate Vasta, Bonney and his passenger are lucky to not be an addition to the list of casualties since the start of the year.
Magistrate Vasta said that there are already seven fatalities for the year 2014. Furthermore, Magistrate Vasta advised Bonney to think about these people who welcomed 2014 with their loved ones but would not see the end of the year. Magistrate Vasta wanted to emphasize to Bonney that life could be so quickly extinguished and to get her point across she told Bonney that there are already seven people who are below the ground.
Magistrate Vasta was hopeful that Bonney learned from the experience. Mr. Dwyer said that his client was very much aware of how lucky he and his passenger are to have survived the accident, which in itself was a very valuable lesson for Bonney.
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