Byron Bay man Aria got fined this week for leaving his car unlocked on his own street. Photo: Contributed
Byron Bay man Aria got fined this week for leaving his car unlocked on his own street. Photo: Contributed Rodney Stevens

Readers react to unlocked car fine

RIDICULOUS, absurd, absolutely stupid and revenue raising.

They are just some of the social media comments from readers about Saturday's front page story concerning a Byron Bay man who was fined by police for leaving his car onlocked on his own street.

Aria said when he was pulled over for a random breath test and random drug test on Bangalow Rd on Monday he realised he left his licence at home so he walked 10 minutes to get it.

Four days later he received a $106 fine for leaving his car unattended on a public street.

More than 40 readers posted their thoughts on the Northern Star's Facebook page.

Tania Jaegar posted 'Another poor excuse for revenue raising in this day and age."

Kylie Gill asked what was worse.

"A ticket from the police for being lazy and not locking a car on a public street or someone stealing an unlocked car," she posted.

Sara Simmons, Josef Poole, Danielle Mulholland, Scott Cowles, Tony Martin and Phillip Rex Smith all said they knew such a law existed.

Leonie Aleckson said 'you can also get fined for having your window down a bit to air the car in a public place.'

Marti Parti said 'Insurance companies had it brought in to stop car theft.'

Karyn Fitzhenry posted 'I find it absurd that we are now handing out fines to people because their property 'might' be stolen by an actual criminal.'

"Crazy."

Tony Den wrote 'Been a law for a while now and it was on the news and promoted a couple of times. "Like the new one where you can't smoke in a vehicle that has kids in it."

Shauna Geoghegan said 'you can also get fined for leaving your keys in the car and taking your hand or hands off the steering wheel at traffic lights.'

Josef Poole wrote 'Technically leaving your car unlocked at the petrol station while you go inside to pay is illegal.'

"I can't remember the distance from your car but it's not very much. Something like 10 metres"

Naomie Jenkins said "is it applicable if attended by a sleeping German Shepherd in the back seat?"

 

Tony Martin said the law was introduced in 2003.



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