Celebrity trainer Michelle Bridges yesterday lost her driving licence for three months and copped a $750 fine for mid-range drink driving.
OPINION: Celebrity trainer Michelle Bridges yesterday lost her driving licence for three months and copped a $750 fine for mid-range drink driving.
She was pulled over just after 11am on Australia Day with her young son in the back seat and told police she had had a glass of wine and four vodka sodas the night before, and then used mouthwash just before blowing 0.086.
She pleaded guilty in Waverly Court in Sydney and said what she did will 'haunt her forever'.
I know Michelle Bridges. I've been to some of her aerobics classes when she was an instructor at a gym in Balmain, before she shot to fame on the Biggest Loser TV show. I have no doubt she deeply regrets getting behind the wheel after drinking - but she and her lawyers completely got it wrong yesterday when they tried to avoid a conviction by claiming she deserved 'special treatment' because she's a 'special person'.
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Her barrister, Tony Bellanto, told the court she deserved leniency because her fitness program had helped Australians lose weight and get fit, and she's a good mother and a good person. I'm sure that's true. I know that's true - Michelle Bridges is a good person. But the Magistrate Allison Hawkins was spot on when she said just because you've achieved things in life it doesn't mean you should escape the law.
When high profile people are before the courts they do suffer extra scrutiny because of who they are - they can't just go anonymously to court, get their punishment and quietly get on with life.
Magistrate Allison Hawkins was spot on when she said just because you've achieved things in life it doesn't mean you should escape the law
But if anything, these sorts of high profile cases, when people are convicted like everyone else, might go some way in deterring all of us from crimes like drink driving. Because it is a crime. A dangerous crime.
You only need to look at the Abdallah family who lost three of their children and their cousin, killed by an alleged drunk driver at Oatlands in Sydney.
When Michelle Bridges got behind the wheel - drunk - with her five-year-old son in the backseat, she made a terrible mistake that will haunt her for the rest of her life. But she should be punished like everyone else. Because she put herself, her son, and all of us at grave risk. And let's hope her conviction stops someone else from doing the same.
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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/michelle-bridges-opinion-deborah-knight/19d59677-a6d5-42c2-8f45-91aeda101129