Speeding fines issued during break
A SCHOOL holiday mix-up left Gympie police officers red-faced after realising they issued motorists with unnecessary speeding fines.
Three motorists were booked for speeding along Old Maryborough Rd, outside Victory College on Thursday, July 14 – during the private school’s extended holidays.
Linda Osborne was one of them. She tried to explain the mix-up to officers, but they had seen buses with children pull up at the school. They assumed their holidays had finished as had the rest in Gympie Region.
“There was another car receiving an infringement notice while I was being booked,” she told The Gympie Times.
“I wonder if these or any other people were wrongly fined?
“When I explained this to the issuing officer, all he said was ‘I can’t take the ticket back as it has already been issued; you will have to write in to have it changed’.”
Officer-in-charge of Gympie Police Station Acting Senior Sergeant Holding said the three speeding tickets issued that day would be withdrawn after being made aware of the mistake by letter.
He said traffic enforcement officers had assumed the school was open for term three, but once they saw the sign (pictured) for themselves realised their mistake and packed up immediately.
It turned out the buses were dropping off children to vacation care.
“My point is that the community should be made aware that mistakes do happen and the police should inform anyone charged that they have done so, wrongly,” Mrs Osborne said.
“The police have an important role in road safety, however when they are booking people wrongly, they should accept that and inform those charged.”
Snr Sgt Holding said motorists booked for speeding – over the 40kmh school zone but under the normal 60kmh – on Old Maryborough Rd past Victory College during the school holidays, would not be prosecuted.