Dad shames police officer for offence that would cost the average driver a $339 fine and three demerit points – so can you see what it is?
- A Sydney dad has blasted NSW police for breaking a little-known road rule
- Photos posted to social media show an officer with his arm on the window of car
- The offence can result in a $339 fine as well as a loss of three demerit points
An eagle-eyed social media user has blasted a police officer for hanging his arm out the window of his squad car while driving.
The Sydney dad uploaded the image to Instagram and Twitter showing an officer with the caption, ‘what’s the law say about having your arm hanging out the car window?’
In New South Wales passengers and drivers can be hit with a $339 fine for resting their elbow on an open car window.
The offence also carries a potential loss of three demerit points.
An eagle-eyed social media user has blasted a police officer for hanging his arm out the window of his squad car while driving
In the image taken of the police car, the officer can clearly be seen not abiding by this little-known road rule.
Last month, Northern Beaches Police Area Command reminded New South Wales motorists and passengers that placing any body part outside the window or door of a car is illegal.
The only exception is when the driver is giving a hand signal to indicate changing direction to the right, or slowing and stopping.
Online motorists have slammed the pedantic rule as ‘revenue raising’ and a ‘nanny state law’.
‘What a criminal waste of time! Shame on you for promoting nanny state laws,’ one social media user wrote.
‘You have such an important and worthwhile job with such limited resources, so focus on what’s meaningful.’
In New South Wales passengers and drivers can be hit with a $337 fine for resting their elbow on an open car window. The offence also carrier a potential loss of three demerit points (stock image)
‘Surely there are more important things the police could be doing,’ said another.
‘This can ONLY be about Revenue Raising.’
One driver added: ‘I support our police and seriously hope most I know would channel their energy toward less petty infringements.’
The same laws apply in Victoria, where $165 on-the-spot fines apply for ‘driving or travelling with any part of body protruding’.
In Queensland, drivers and passengers face penalties of $298, while South Australians face $244 fines and three demerit points if found guilty of the offence.
The laws are slightly more lax in WA, with $50 fines and one demerit point for drivers caught with any body part outside their car.
Daily Mail Australia have contacted the NSW Police for comment.
In the image taken of the police car, the officer can clearly be seen not abiding by this little-known road rule