Man sentenced to 12 months for reckless driving


A MAN was sentenced to serve 12 months in jail for driving without a valid driver’s licence and without due care after he failed to pay a K2,000 court fine imposed by the court on Monday.
The defendant Mak Mai, 32, from Tambul in Western Highlands, appeared before Lae District Court Magistrate Tera Dawai, charged with driving without a valid driver’s licence.
His licence had expired last year.
Mai was also charged with driving without due care and attention on a public street causing an accident. Mai pleaded guilty to both charges.
Mai was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at Buimo prison after he could not pay the K2,000 court fine imposed on him on Monday.
According to police prosecutor Sgt Vincent Suakai, Mai was driving a Isuzu truck in Lae and parked on a street.
Mai, who was allegedly drunk, reversed the truck and bumped into the fence of a business and drove off.
The incident was reported and Mai was arrested and found to have an expired driving licence.
Magistrate Dawai told Mai that the vehicle he drove was a large truck and posed a danger to other road users as well as pedestrians if operated recklessly.