- DISCLAIMER: The person pictured is not drinking water

Driver fined for drinking water behind the wheel

This is a different sort of drinking and driving

A driver in Queensland, Australia has stated that he was fined $173 AUD and given 1 demerit point for drinking water while behind the wheel of a car.

The driver, whose name is Brock (can't get more Aussie than that) said that he was driving home from Brisbane after a 12 hour long workday. He claims that he took a sip from a plastic water bottle just as he turned into his street which is when he was pulled over.

The police officer who pulled him over said that it was illegal to drink anything while driving and he was fined for not paying "due care and attention" to the road! Brock said that it was "not compassionate" to fine someone for staying hydrated or at least trying to do so on a 39 degree Celsius day. The policeman said that he was just doing his job but Brock is focused on challenging the fine.

A police spokesperson said that fines were only issued in these circumstances if it costed the driver control of the vehicle. The police also found out that the fine was actually far more lenient than the law says. On the police website, driving without paying due care or attention is met with a fine of $533 AUD and 3 demerit points compared to the $173 and 1 demerit points that Brock was fined!

DISCLAIMER: The Queensland police did some digging and found out that Brock's story was made up but hey, at least it's an entertaining story!

Compare this to New Zealand where last month, a Dunedin man was caught for driving hands free while eating from a cereal bowl. The man was cautioned for careless driving.


Words by Matthew D'souza. Pictures sourced from Pexels.

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Comments (57)

  • Ok,

    Living in Australia, you do come across many heavy drinkers who tend to drive still drunk, and you get used to that. But never have I seen someone get pulled over for drinking water. I don’t think the system is unfair, simply the officer who charged him. How can you fine someone money for drinking water, the literal “lifeblood” of human existence.

    I’ve had my rant for the day, goodnight.

      1 year ago
    • Thanks for reading Cap! Goodnight to you as well. Actually it turned out that the driver was the one who created the whole scenario😲

        1 year ago
  • Could only happen in Australia. The citizens of no other country would stand for it.

      1 year ago
  • The story starts with him getting one point and then ends with 3, continuity to the story would be good to make you believe that its not BS.

      1 year ago
  • id be saying to the cop see you in court...

      1 year ago
    • Thanks for reading, Paul! The police may sue for all you know because it turns out that the driver made it all up...

        1 year ago
    • mechanics rule: never assume the officer isnt on camera... or said footage may be used in court against him.

        1 year ago
  • What a joke.

      1 year ago