A MAN who blew .078 while on his P plates on New Year’s Day has been sentenced to 75 hours of community work.
And will be off the road for 14 more months.
Jason Wilson of Kyabram appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to drink driving on January 1.
The court heard Wilson needed to get to Shepparton and back on the day but had been drinking the night before.
‘‘At around 10.15am police observed the accused driving west on Dawes Rd, Kyabram,’’ police prosecutor acting Sergeant Sally Mannell said.
‘‘The police performed a preliminary breath test and came to the conclusion that alcohol was present and conveyed him to the Kyabram police station. At 10.46am the evidentiary breath test revealed a blood alcohol concentration of .078.’’
Defence lawyer Glenn Cooper said despite it being a lower reading he needed to be 00 while still a probationary driver.
‘‘He had been drinking on New Year’s Eve and was pulled over on New Year’s Day,’’ he said.
Magistrate Dr Michael King said he put the community at risk.
‘‘Drink driving laws are in place to protect the community and you put people’s lives at risk,’’ he said.
He had his licence cancelled and disqualified for 14 months and was given a six month community corrections order to complete the 75 hours of community work.