Sydney driver fined $387 for holding her phone on Hume Highway is adamant the traffic camera caught her holding something else entirely

A driver has claimed she received a $387 fine in the mail for using her phone behind the wheel – but the roadside camera actually snapped her holding her glasses case. 

Ms Lee, who asked for her first name not to be used, said the picture is from January 9 this year when she was driving back to Sydney on the Hume Highway after a trip to Melbourne. 

‘It was in the evening so I removed my sunglasses, that’s what I was doing. It looks like my sunglasses cover,’ Ms Lee told Yahoo News. 

She protested the fine – and five demerits points – with NSW authorities and explained she had no need to use her phone while driving.

‘I’ve got Android Auto, there’s no need to touch my phone, I can give voice commands,’ she said.

The driver said she was fined for holding her phone but it was really her glasses case (pictured)

'It was in the evening so I removed my sunglasses, that's what I was doing. It looks like my sunglasses cover (pictured),' Ms Lee said

‘It was in the evening so I removed my sunglasses, that’s what I was doing. It looks like my sunglasses cover (pictured),’ Ms Lee said

She also sent Revenue NSW a picture of the glasses case in question resting on her lap in the driver’s seat similar to how it was in the photo to show how the ‘mistake’ could have occurred.

But Revenue NSW sent her a reply saying the fine would remain in effect.

‘We have reviewed the images and are satisfied the fine was issued correctly… a driver in a vehicle that is not parked cannot hold a phone in their hand or against their body,’ a letter sent to Ms Lee stated.

Ms Lee, who is between jobs, said the fine was was a significant hit to her hip pocket.

‘Why bother having a review process if they’re not going to do anything about it? It’s a big sum of money.’

Overhead mobile phone detection cameras are widely used in Australia.

The mobile phone cameras found in NSW have led to plenty of fines, including this one seen in north Sydney

The mobile phone cameras found in NSW have led to plenty of fines, including this one seen in north Sydney

Queensland and Victoria have recently upgraded the cameras’ capabilities to also detect those not wearing seatbelts.

NSW will follow suit from July 1.

The ACT is intending to widen the scope of the equipment even further in the next few years to enable them to read number plates and automatically check if cars are registered and insured.

FINES FOR USING A MOBILE PHONE WHILE DRIVING ACROSS AUSTRALIA 

Victoria – Four demerit points and a $555 fine 

NSW – Five demerit points and a $387 fine 

Queensland – Five demerit points and a $1,078 fine

ACT – Three to four demerit points and from $498 to $612 fine

Western Australia – Four demerit points and a $1000 fine

Northern Territory – Three demerit points and a $500 fine

Tasmania – Three demerit points and a $344 fine  

South Australia – Three demerit points and a $352 fine 

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