Disqualified? Then don?t drive on road

DISQUALIFIED drivers need to be better informed about the consequences of driving without a licence, says a Rockhampton defence lawyer.

Solicitor Nici Schmitt said disqualified drivers ignoring the law and driving could face stiff penalties of up to five years in jail.

But she said if these drivers were better educated on the consequences, fewer people would offend.

"Harsher penalties don't work,'' she said. "A lot of people who have their licence disqualified don't realise it begins then and there.''

Lyle Mitchell, regional traffic inspector for Queensland Police, said disqualified drivers were regularly picked up by police.

In the past six months, police had charged 201 disqualified drivers for driving without a licence.

He said educating and informing disqualified drivers of the consequences would help the situation.

Inspector Mitchell also said there were recently two cases where disqualified drivers were picked up leaving court.



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