Driver's illiteracy a barrier to getting licence

A 20-year-old Cowra man will have an additional three month wait at the end of his current licence disqualification period after appearing at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday, June 5.

Brayden Jeff O'Hanlon was before the court charged with four separate counts of a never licensed person driving.

According to police facts O'Hanlon was first stopped around 9.05pm on November 23, 2018, as part of operation "Chrome". When asked to produce his licence, O'Hanlon was unable to do so and admitted to police he had never held a licence.

On December 4, 2018, police were conducting patrols of Cowra when they stopped O'Hanlon. He told police he was unlicensed and had never held a licence.

On March 4, 2019, police stopped O'Hanlon for a random breath test. He approached police and admitted to being unlicensed and had never having a licence.

On April 2, 2019, police were crossing the Cowra low level bridge when they observed O'Hanlon giving way on the other side.

Police stopped and spoke with O'Hanlon who told police, "I have been to the RTA twice now to get my licence but I keep failing".

He told police he had only driven to a service station to, "get some stuff".

O'Hanlon's solicitor told the court his client's illiteracy and lack of support services made it nearly impossible for his client to get a licence.

Magistrate Michael O'Brien said nobody wanted to see O'Hanlon in prison for matters like this but he was quickly coming to that eventuality.

"You cannot give yourself permission to drive just because you want to," he said.

O'Hanlon was sentenced with four community correction orders, each with a disqualification period of three months. The disqualifications will run congruently.