Man fined for dangerous driving during curfew

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While speeding down Sir George Walter Highway during curfew on Tuesday, a man collided with the airport fence, and found himself on the wrong side of the law.

Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh fined Gershon Maurison $2,000 for dangerous driving and $500 for violating the 11 pm to 5 am curfew when he appeared before St John’s Magistrates’ Court this week.

The incident occurred at around 12.20 am on Nov. 3 when the defendant was travelling from south to north on the highway in a van.

He claimed to have been blinded by an oncoming headlight and swerved off the road and collided with the airport fence.

When asked why he was on the road at that time, the man said that he fell asleep at home and tried to rush to his sister’s house because he promised to stay with her and her kids.

He was told that if he fails to pay the fines by Dec. 30, he will be imprisoned for three months for his hazardous driving, and one month for failing to comply with the curfew.

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  1. That’s a good start. Now they need to start revoking driver’s licenses for such offenders for at least 3 years for the 1st offense, 5 years for the 2nd offense and 15 years for their 3rd. Ban for life after the 3rd offense and must take a drivers education course every time before getting their license re-instated AND have full comprehensive insurance at all times. Failure to have that insurance will get their driving priviledges banned for life.

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