Aussie Man Fined $173 For Drinking Water While Driving On 37 Degree Day
When it's really hot in Australia, it can be a suffocating, debilitating experience. The only respite is being indoors with the A/C turned all the way up while you sip on a liquid that is drowning in ice.
But if you're out and about, then you've only got a drink to keep you hydrated and ensure you don't collapse from heat exhaustion.
However, according to a Brisbane motorist, you have to be careful where and when you take that delicious sip.
Brock Harris has revealed he was slapped with a fine and one demerit point because he was caught drinking water from a bottle while driving in Brisbane. It's worth mentioning that on this auspicious day, the mercury was sitting around 37 degrees - so it was hot.
He told ABC Radio: "They told me it was classed as not paying due care and attention and hit me with $173 and one demerit point.
"If it is against the law then I'll pay the fine, but it's not compassionate to fine someone on a 39-degree day [for trying to] stay hydrated. The policeman told me there was nothing I could do and he was doing his job - but I am going to challenge the fine."
Sounds pretty outrageous, right?
Well, even Queensland Police have officially raised their eyebrows at such a claim and have announced they're investigating the allegation.
Speaking to 10 Daily, a spokesperson for Queensland Police said: "We are aware of commentary alleging a driver had been issued an infringement for drinking from a bottle of water.
"To date, police have not been able to validate these claims. A senior officer from Road Policing Command will reach out to the person involved to review the matter.
"Distractions while driving can have serious consequences and attract significant penalties."
That's maybe where police were able to nab him because legislation states that it is a fineable offence to be distracted and perhaps that could be up to each officer's discretion.
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