Lucky day for speed demon



IT was speedster Lachlan Charles Lowther's lucky day in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.

Despite being told by Magistrate Graham Pitt that he didn't deserve to hold a licence, he is now back on the road.

Lowther, 25, of North Rockhampton, had gone to court to ask for his licence back after it was suspended through loss of demerit points.

He said he needed his licence to keep a job he was about to start in Mackay.

The court heard Lowther had continuously been caught speeding since 1999 and even Lowther admitted his traffic history was "not good''.

Lowther was suspended from driving for three months in 2000, but has since been caught speeding six times.

In September 2004, Lowther was clocked doing 145kmh in a 100kmh zone at Westwood and was most recently caught speeding at Moranbah in June last year.

Acting Magistrate Graham Pitt grilled Lowther, asking him why he was continuing to speed?

Lowther, who was representing himself, told the court he drove twice as much as most people at which time Magistrate Pitt interrupted, telling Lowther he was playing the system.

"You are not a person appropriate to hold a licence,'' Magistrate Pitt said.

Lowther argued that he had improved in the past year and asked for another chance.

"I'm trying to change. I understand what I've been doing is wrong.''

Magistrate Pitt told Lowther the only reason he was giving his licence back was because he didn't want to pay for him to be on the dole if he lost his job.

Lowther was ordered to not drive a motorbike in the next 12 months and to only drive cars with cruise control.



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