A P-PLATE driver had his licence for only a couple of weeks before spinning out into a garden bed at the Gateway Road traffic lights in heavy rain.
Bernard Dooley, 18, of Hopkins Highway, Ballangeich, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week to careless driving. He was convicted and fined $350 with $73.20 costs.
The court heard that at 5.10pm on June 13 this year Dooley was driving a silver Holden Commodore west along Raglan Parade when he attempted a right turn into Gateway Road.
He lost control and overcorrected, his vehicle spinning 180 degrees across a footpath and finished up stuck on an embankment.
At the time of the accident it was raining heavily and traffic was heavy.
Defence counsel Tony Robinson said his client had been stationary in the left of two lanes at the traffic lights before turning into Gateway Road.
He said it was not a case of Dooley attacking the corner at speed from a distance and the young driver had been shocked to find himself in the garden bed.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said Dooley had held his licence for a only a couple of weeks when the accident happened, but believed it resulted from inexperience, not recklessness.
“You can’t put an old head on new shoulders,” Mr Klestadt said. ‘‘This incident occurred as a result of inexperience and bad driving. I do not form the view you were hooning or showing off.
‘‘The consequences were fortunately not serious.
‘‘The results could have been tragic if there was a pedestrian, the proverbial lady with a pram or a cyclist involved. This has to be a learning experience.”
Mr Klestadt made no order against Dooley’s licence but warned him that demerit points would add up.