Driver a danger in school zone

Michael Williamson leaves court after also being fined for spitting.
Michael Williamson leaves court after also being fined for spitting.

First he cut off a child-care assistant in a merging lane because he believed her car was “blowing too much smoke”.

She beeped at him and gave him the finger so he spat at her through her window when she stopped at a Coolum school.

As he did a sudden U-turn in the school car park and then sped off in a school zone, forcing another driver to brake.

He barely slowed for a roundabout at School Road and Coolum-Yandina Road, at Coolum, where he hit a car containing three senior women.

Michael James Williamson, 25, pleaded not guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court last week to dangerous driving but was convicted after witnesses testified.

The court heard he had a previous conviction for dangerous driving in 2005.

Laura Smith said she had just left Peregian Springs when a car tried to overtake her on May 12 last year.

“It cut in front of me in the merging lane. I had to go on the wrong side of the road to avoid an accident,” she said.

Ms Smith said she realised she should not have raised her middle finger when he approached her while she was waiting for a school car park soon after.

She said his spittle hit her arm and the side of her car.

“He did a U-turn in the car park. He looked agitated, angry and sped down the road,” she said.

Peter Gardiner said the U-turn was sudden and without warning and he was “forced to brake suddenly”.

“I thought I’d better slow down because he’s going to be in my pathway,” Mr Gardiner said.

“It was the suddenness of his u-turn that startled us and made me slow down.”

Margaret Wilke said she stopped at the roundabout and could not see any cars so proceeded.

“I was well into the roundabout when I was struck on my right side, which slid me around into South Coolum Road where I hit another parked vehicle,” she said.

A truck driver said Mr Williamson did not look like he had any intention of slowing down for the roundabout.

Mr Williamson was fined $750 for spitting. He must complete 80 hours of community service and also lost his licence for nine months for dangerous driving.

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