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Driver was reaching for smoke before traffic crash

A HIGH-SPEED crash on Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd occurred when the driver reached for a cigarette, Rockhampton Magistrates Court heard on Thursday.

Michael James Baker was driving a car at 120kmh on December 7 when he swerved into a guard rail. The car eventually came to a rest on the centre median strip of the four-lane road at Ironpot.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of driving without due care and attention.

"He took his eyes off the road and was looking for a cigarette in the centre console," police prosecutor Julie Marsden told the court.

The court heard Baker moved to the right lane and was overtaking another car when the crash happened.

"I trust you have learnt a valuable lesson from this," Magistrate Cameron Press told Baker.

He was fined $650.

Topics:  court, speeding



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