Radio host Burns cops 12-month driving ban

Melbourne radio host John Burns has a one-year driving ban after his second drink-driving offence.
Melbourne radio host John Burns has a one-year driving ban after his second drink-driving offence.

Melbourne radio host John Burns will get lifts from "Mr Uber" for a while after having his licence stripped for 12 months for drink driving.

The 3AW breakfast presenter stopped at a booze bus at Glen Iris in Melbourne's east on his way home from hosting a charity dinner in October, blowing a blood-alcohol reading of 0.061.

Burns says he was "shocked" to find he was over the 0.05 limit and urged all drivers to be careful when they consider getting behind the wheel after drinking.

"During the dinner, wine was poured and I was a bit careless," he told reporters outside Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday.

"I obviously had one or two glasses too many, and I'm now suffering because of my stupidity.

"I just hope something good comes out of this and people realise that you've got to be very, very careful."

A barrister before his broadcast career, Burns represented himself in court, pleading guilty to low-range drink-driving.

The Ross and John show co-host had been the MC for a charity function for children with cerebral palsy on the night he was breath tested.

It was his second offence, having recorded 0.051 in 2012.

This meant Burns copped a heavier penalty. He was convicted of drink drinking, fined $622 and disqualified from driving for 12 months, back-dated to October.

"The court treated me fairly and I've learnt my lesson. I've got to swallow this," he said.

Until he can drive again, he'll make use of ride-sharing services.

"I'm making Mr Uber a very wealthy man."

The case was slightly delayed on Thursday because the first magistrate assigned knew Burns too well to deal with his matter.

Magistrate John Hardy said he'd had a number of dinners with Burns back in his legal days and considered him a friend.

"I count you as at least a friendly acquaintance," the magistrate said, ordering the case to be re-assigned.

"I really need a newer magistrate. I know Mr Burns very well."

Burns and Ross Stevenson host Melbourne's top rating breakfast radio show, attracting about 20 per cent of the morning audience in 2017.

Australian Associated Press