The road rules you didn’t know you were breaking
FROM texting behind the wheel on Pratten St to speeding down Bracker Rd, there’s been bad driving behaviour Warwick motorists can expect to be fined for.
But the Warwick Road Policing Unit warns drivers there are many less obvious offences that could get you stung with a hefty fine.
Senior Sergeant Matt Hagley reveals some of the laws that trip up Warwick motorists.
Late night hooning
Warwick police are investigating several hooning incidents in the Warwick area.
“By just driving around town you can see the track marks on the road, particularly at Lyndhurst lane and Wood St or Lyndhurst lane and Warwick Allora Rd,” Snr Sgt Hagley said.
“What you don’t realise is if they’re caught hooning their vehicle will get immediately impounded for three months.”
Drivers can be slapped with a fine of up to $427 and lose two demerit points if wilfully driving a vehicle that makes unnecessary noise or smoke.
Texting and cycling
Even if cyclists don’t have a licence or are operating a vehicle, if they’re on a bike and sending a text or making a call, chances are they could also be up for a $1000 ticket.
Snr Sgt Hagley said if cyclists wanted to use the roads they must also abide by road laws.
“People have to realise bicycle riders can get the punishment for riding a pushbike and being on the phone,” he said. “They won’t get demerit points but they will have to pay $1000.”
Snr Sgt Hagley said he hadn’t issued a fine to a cyclist yet but while off duty had seen cyclists using their phones while riding and even riding through a stop sign.
Back seat movies
While driving distracted may be a known offence, distracting drivers is just as dangerous.
In Queensland, screens on the back of the front seat headrest for back seat passengers to watch can land drivers in hot water if they are visible from outside the car.
Driving with a TV visible to other cars is a $127 offence.
Speeding down a hill
Snr Sgt Hagley said one of the most common excuses he was given for speeding was that drivers didn’t believe they could receive a speeding ticket if they were driving downhill.
“This is a myth and doesn’t make any sense, because that means you could be going at 200km per hour and get away with it,” he said.
“That suggests your brakes don’t work.”
Driving through floodwater
While driving through floodwater on roads is unsafe, it is actually a road offence.
“If you enter closed roads or have to get rescued, you can be fined for careless driving,” Snr Sgt Hagley said.
Careless driving fines are $533 and a loss of 3 demerit points. Entering a road with a closure sign is an $800 fine.
Interrupting a funeral procession
One of the lesser known road rules of the list is that it’s against the law to interrupt a funeral procession.
When driving you must not negligently or wilfully interfere with, or interrupt, the free passage along the road of any funeral cortege or authorised procession.