QUEENSLAND’S WORST DRINK DRIVER ALLEGEDLY KICKED OUT OF TRAFFIC COURSE FOR BEING DRUNKadmin
QUEENSLAND’S WORST DRINK-DRIVER WAS ALLEGEDLY KICKED OUT OF A TRAFFIC OFFENDERS’ PROGRAM FOR BEING DRUNK BEFORE BEING SENTENCED FOR DRINK-DRIVING.
Angela Bisson, 42, was found slumped at the wheel outside a Runaway Bay cafe in October last year and blew 0.48, or almost 10 times the legal limit.
She was initially given a two-month jail sentence but on Tuesday this was slashed on appeal in the Southport District Court to a two-year term of probation.
Now allegations have emerged the Gold Coast hairdresser took part in a traffic offender course but failed.
Stephen Clark told the Gold Coast Bulletin he took part in the Queensland Traffic Offenders Program in April, at the same time as Bisson.
“She was kicked out … for turning up drunk,” he said.
“If she could not go to an hour course once a week for three weeks sober, what makes you think she isn’t going to get behind the wheel again and do the same thing?”
Mr Clark said Bisson was kicked out after she was subject to random breath testing.
Lara Hickling, from the Queensland Traffic Offenders Program, declined to comment on the allegations due to privacy reasons.
Solicitor Paul Hamilton, from Potts Lawyers, refused to confirm or deny the allegations about his client.
Bisson was sentenced in the Southport Magistrates Court on April 8 but her involvement in the QTOP program was not raised in court.
Gold Coast Road Police Acting Senior Sergeant Steve Young said police were not told if traffic offenders failed the QTOP program.
“Being a voluntary program, for people to attend and then fail the course and not give their full commitment, it just shows their mindset towards the traffic legislation,” he said.
The QTOP program has been running for 10 years on the Gold Coast and is designed to increase understanding of traffic laws and the realities of drink or drug-driving.undefined. (Author: Meagan Weymes – Gold Coast Bulletin)
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