How one mother ended up paying $500 for a pack of smokes

A FEDERAL Government proposal to lift the price of a packet of cigarettes to $40 was chicken feed to what a packet of smokes ultimately cost a Toowoomba woman.

Mother of four Tracy Maree Ingleton had been pulled over by a police patrol while driving on Griffiths St, Harlaxton, just after 3am, February 18, Toowoomba Magistrates Court was told.

A check of her driver's licence found the 41-year-old had been disqualified from driving for a month by the same court just two weeks earlier.

Ingleton told the officers she knew her driver's licence was disqualified but she had gone out to get a packet of cigarettes thinking she would get away with driving because she thought there would be no police around the area at that time of morning.

Magistrate Damian Carroll took into account Ingleton had already been without her licence since the incident but told her the choice to drive would prove costly.

"Well, it's turned out to be a very expensive packet of cigarettes, hasn't it?" Mr Carroll asked her.

Ingleton was fined $500 and disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for the minimum mandatory period of two years.