Road ban for man who moved bike while impaired
A man seen parking his bike while three-times over the blood alcohol limit was yesterday banned from the road.
Magistrates’ Court heard that at around 1.10am last Saturday, officers were at the junction of Frog Lane and Palmetto Road when they saw 47-year-old Walter Musson attempting to park his motorcycle on a sidewalk with the keys in the ignition.
Noticing that Musson appeared to be unsteady on his feet, the officers asked if he was all right. During the subsequent conversation, the officers noticed that Musson’s words were slurred and he smelled of alcohol.
He admitted drinking and agreed to submit to a breath test. The test revealed a lower reading of 269 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, more than three times the legal limit of 80 milligrams.
Musson admitted the incident but said that while the keys were in the ignition, he had not been riding the vehicle, only moving it out of public property.
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner said that while the legislation may seem “draconian”, it is in place to prevent people putting themself in a position where they can make dangerous decisions.
Mr Warner fined Musson $1,000 and banned him from driving all vehicles for 12 months.