P-plate driver remorseful after licence suspended

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times

Collie police Sen. Sgt Heath Soutar said a P-plate driver caught with a blood alcohol level of 0.206 was remorseful, but that he struggled to fathom why people continued to take risks on the road.

The 18-year-old female was stopped by police on Wittenoom Street with four passengers in her vehicle just before 10.30pm on Sunday.

“She was very remorseful on the night and certainly realised that she had done the wrong thing, but the damage had already been done,” Sen. Sgt Soutar said.

“Given what can happen on our roads – with all the damage and carnage and trauma associated with that – it was extremely disappointing.

“I just want to highlight that young people need to realise they are not superhuman – if they go and do something silly like this it could end up being a loss of life or several lives.”

He said it was also disappointing that the passengers in the car did not stop her from driving.

“Those other people in the car let her drive,” he said.

“There is an obligation on anyone that gets into a car, they should look at those circumstances and weigh up whether it is the right things to do and ask if they should let it happen.”

The driver was charged with driving under the influence, her licence was immediately suspended and she will face court in early May.

The legal for P-Platers in the first year is zero, while second year drivers can blow 0.02.

“If you are talking about a person on a normal licence than she would have been four-times the limit, but P-platers are supposed to have no alcohol at all in their system,” Sen. Sgt Soutar said.

“It’s really disappointing to see ahead of a big weekend on WA roads.

“We just happened to be in the right place at the right time to prevent something that could have occurred.”

Motorists are reminded that double demerits kick in today for the Easter long weekend, and do not finish until Monday.

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