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14/10/19: Updated details below

Queensland Police have been unable to confirm a motorist's claim he was fined $173 and hit with one demerit point for taking a sip of water while driving home on a 39 degree day.

Brock Harris told ABC Radio Brisbane he was driving home to Beaudesert, in the Gold Coast Hinterland, with broken air-con after a 12-hour work day when he was slugged with the fine.

"I stopped and bought a bottle of water and as I was pulling into my street I was pulled over by the police and told it was illegal to drink anything while driving."

Queensland Police have thrown cold water over the man's claims.

"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", Mr Harris said.

Mr Harris said he was told by an officer that the infringement was classed as not paying due care and attention.

Queensland Police have said in a statement they have been unable to validate the claims.

"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," a Queensland Police spokesperson said.

They've urged anyone who can substantiate the claims to come forward, and reminded drivers to avoid any distractions on the road.

Commuters have been urged to remain aware on the roads. (Justin McManus / The Age)
"Distractions while driving can have serious consequences and attract significant penalties. Drivers should avoid distractions, including use of their mobile phone or responding to passengers and children in the vehicle where it diverts their attention away from the primary responsibility of ensuring a safe journey on our roads."


Updated details
"Queensland Police have told the ABC they have spoken with the driver and confirmed the fine was not issued... QPS has not confirmed whether or not the motorist was pulled over, but has said no fine was issued."

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-10/police-dismiss-claims-of-fine-for-drinking-water-at-the-wheel/11589030

F4J: If there is a another story, including from the 'driver' in question, we await further facts.

Source: https://www.9news.com.au/national/qld-road-fine-police-unable-to-validate-motorists-claim-he-was-fined-173-for-drinking-water/b8d52f2d-3c4e-43c6-8cbe-6b5a9e67a48c

    By:Rudolph from Queensland, Australia on October 13, 2019 @ 8:55 pm
    Heard that police said this guy told porky pies
    By:David_W from VIC, Australia on October 11, 2019 @ 10:22 pm
    This is ultra vires ( beyond legal power) and unlawful as fines are a punishment and only a court of law and barristers duly apoointed to the position may fine and offender once found guilty. This is pervertion of justice, extortion, fraud and for police sedition or treason for breach of their oath of allegience

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