Revealed: The everyday habit millions of drivers are addicted to that could see you fined $500 and lose three points
- A woman has been threatened with a fine for driving and drinking coffee
- Police told the woman she could be fined $495 for drinking at the wheel
- The motorist was stunned as she had no idea she was doing anything wrong
- Infringement notices can be issued if a driver is distracted and not in control
- Have you been fined for eating or drinking behind the wheel?
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Motorists with a caffeine addiction could be putting themselves at risk of a hefty fine and three points off their licence if they are caught sipping coffee behind the wheel.
A woman was left stunned when she was pulled over by police as she made her way to Sydney from Newcastle for work this week.
The woman claimed a highway patrol officer threatened to fine her $495 and deduct three points from her licence simply because she was drinking coffee.
The unimpressed a highway patrol officer threatened to fine her $495 and take three points from her licence simply because she was drinking coffee (stock image)
There is no law in any Australian jurisdiction that prohibits eating food or drinking non-alcoholic beverages while driving, however motorists can be fined if they are not in control of the vehicle
‘He started telling me that it was unsafe to be drinking coffee while I was driving,’ the woman told the Newcastle Herald.
‘He was telling me that I should be concentrating on driving and that he could give me a $495 fine and take three points from my licence.
‘I had no idea I was doing anything wrong. Then he said if I wanted to drink the coffee, I should pull over and have a drink, not just takes sips as I drive along.’
There is no law in any Australian jurisdiction that prohibits eating food or drinking non-alcoholic beverages while driving.
However, an infringement notice can be issued if police find the motorist is not in control of the vehicle because they are distracted.
The reckless driver was swerving across the lanes on Marmion Avenue in Perth as she snacked on her breakfast
A 19-year-old Perth woman was issued an infringement notice last year after she was snapped eating a bowl of cereal while driving.
The woman was seen with a bowl in one hand a spoon in the other as her car swerved across the road, Perth Now reported.
She appeared to be steering her car with her legs.
She was issued a $300 fine and three demerit points for driving without due care and attention.
An infringement notice can be issued if police suspect a vehicle is being driven negligently, which can be caused by distraction from eating or drinking (stock image)
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson assured listeners when the footage first came to light that the cereal-enthusiast would be brought to justice.
‘If we’ve got the evidence and I think we’ve got the registration number here now, I’ll get my officers to chase that down,’ he told 6PR.
Dawson also issued a warning to drivers who enjoy breakfast on the go.
‘You can’t be driving a car and eating your brekkie at the same time. That is just ridiculously dangerous,’ he said.
Eating, drinking and driving rules for each state:
NEW SOUTH WALES:
Motorists can get done for driving without proper control of the vehicle
They could face a $448 fine and three demerit points
If the are caught in a school zone they can get slugged with $561 fine and four demerit points
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY:
Anyone caught driving ‘without proper control’ can be fined $292
They can face a a $385 fine and three demerit points if their distraction results in a crash
In Tasmania motorists risk a $163 fine if they are caught without being in proper control of their vehicle
Distracted drivers who are caught eating, drinking, smoking or using a cellphone will be fined $184
Drivers caught eating or drinking could be charged with driving in a dangerous manner . They would face a $500 fine and three demerit points
A $600 fine will be issued if a motorist is caught driving carelessly
They would also be given three demerit points
A mid-drive meal could result in a $387 fine in Victoria
Motorists could also be stung with three demerit points