Booking unfair but fine stood
IT was unfair that police booked him and his wife for not wearing seatbelts, considering they had just got back in their car after a pit stop and driven just metres to queue up for a random breath test (RBT), Neile Findlay told Gympie Magistrates Court this week.
Findlay told the court his family had been camping on Teewah Beach for two days and during that time he had been breathalysed twice, both times he was clear.
The court heard when Findlay pulled into Freshwater Campground, less than 50 metres before the RBT, his whole family had been wearing seatbelts as they had all weekend.
After a quick stretch of the legs, the Findlay’s got back into the car and queued for the RBT however, both adults in the front dismissed the need and were fined.
Findlay, of Cooroibah, pleaded guilty but said there were mitigating circumstances. He and his wife were fined $300 each.