A 19-year-old from Coleambally has faced Griffith Local Court charged for being caught drug-driving twice within two months.
The court heard Michael Coates had a "lengthy and adverse traffic history", including a mid-range drink-driving charge, and another positive test for methamphetamine.
He was caught driving with methamphetamine in his system at Darlington Point in February earlier this year, and was also pulled up and caught doing the same yet again at Bondi Junction in April.
Represented by Barry Bunton on Wednesday, he outlined how, with the assistance and support of his family, Coates had been receiving professional help for his drug problems.
He has already received around $14,000 worth of treatment and 40 days as an inpatient in a medical facility in Victoria.
"He does have an issues with the use of these substances, however has already taken steps to address these," Mr Bunton told magistrate Joy Boulos.
He said having done the traffic offenders program in the past, Mr Bunton said there was little he could regain from participating a second time.
Yet Mr Bunton did outline how Coates was in gainful employment with his family, which put him in a perfect position to pay any fines received.
Magistrate Boulos said being a young and inexperienced driver whose traffic history didn't assist him with these charges.
"Your record paints a picture of someone with no regard for the road rules," she told Coates.
She accepted he had taken action to help his drug issues, but being young and inexperience only getting license in 2015, with burnouts and negligent driving on his record, there was a "real need" for specific deterrents.
He was convicted of both charges, and fined $500 with and six month disqualification and $600 and a 12 month disqualification for the two charges respectively.
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