Seven in court guilty of traffic offences

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Two people were yesterday fined and banned from the road for a year for refusal to take a police breath test and five others faced penalties for speeding or careless driving.

Nancy Mota, 35, from St George’s, was banned from driving for a year and fined $800 after she admitted that she refused to supply a breath sample to police.

Magistrates’ Court heard police stopped Mota on South Road, Devonshire, after her car moved from the eastbound lane into the westbound lane.

Police noticed that she smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on her feet and her words were slurred.

She said when questioned: “I’ve had a couple.”

Steve Botelho, 40, from Devonshire, was also banned from the road for a year after he refused to give a breath sample to police.

Botelho was riding his motorcycle on Front Street near Parliament Street on December 23 last year when he swerved and almost collided with a taxi.

Police pulled him over and saw he had trouble putting his bike on its stand, his words were slurred and he smelled of alcohol.

Officers also found that Botelho had no insurance and his vehicle was unlicensed.

Bothelo told the court: “It was Christmas time, I just made a very unwise decision.”

He was fined $1,250 for the insurance and licence offences, $1,000 for failure to give a breath sample in addition to the ban.

Vincent Bean, 50, from Southampton was fined $400 and got six demerit points on his licence after had admitted speeding at 74km/h in Warwick on March 20 last year.

Angelica Smith, 27, from Devonshire was fined $300 and given five demerit points after she pleaded guilty to driving at 61km/h on November 17 last year in Devonshire.

She denied a further charge of failure to wear a seatbelt which was not challenged.

Wayne Samuels, 25, was fined $300 and given five demerit points after he was clocked at 60km/h on his motorbike in Pembroke in November 2015.

Mohamed Shabdeen, 46, was fined $800 and given ten demerit points after he admitted driving without due care and attention last November.

Shabdeen was on his motorcycle on South Road, Paget, near the junction of Lovers Lane, when he created an illegal third lane while overtaking.

Shabdeen told Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo that the traffic was backed up and he was “trying to do what everyone else was doing — get out of the traffic”.

Edward Tucker, 61, from Southampton, was fined $800 and given ten demerit points after a third lane offence on South Road, Paget, near Mission Road on December 7 last year.

The court heard police at a traffic checkpoint saw Tucker overtake on a corner.

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