Driver fined for drinking water behind the wheel
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.
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Words by Matthew D'souza. Pictures sourced from Pexels.