Jail no deterrent for repeat drink-driver
IT seems the drink-drive message is still not getting through to some people.
A Grafton man jailed in 2007 for drink-driving and disqualified driving had been out of jail five months when he was busted doing it again.
Matthew Wayne Norris, 25, was convicted of mid-range drink-driving and disqualified driving at Grafton Local Court on Monday.
It was his fourth drink-drive offence in four years, and his eighth disqualified driving offence since 2002.
His seventh disqualified driving offence at the start of last year resulted in him being declared a habitual offender.
Norris was under the supervision of probation and parole when caught drink-driving in South Grafton on Saturday.
Norris, of Davey Avenue, was sentenced to 12 months jail with a non-parole period of nine months. He was also disqualified from holding a licence until 2022.
Police said Norris' long driving record showed a blatant disregard for the law.
Norris was one of 23 people facing court for drink-driving in the Clarence Valley this week.
Twenty of those people appeared at Maclean Local Court on Tuesday - mainly on charges of mid-range drink-driving.
And, in a warning to Clarence boaties, one man fronted court charged with operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol.
Men were significantly over-represented.
Of the 20 people charged with drink-driving, four were women and 16 were men.
Only two of the accused were teenagers - an 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old-man - while three were aged in their 60s.
Half of them were charged with mid-range drink-driving, while four faced high-range charges.
The other five were there on low-range charges.