6 road rules you didn’t know you were breaking

Hundreds of Queensland motorists have taken to social media, outraged a local fisherman was fined for not wearing a seatbelt while towing his boat from a ramp on the Sunshine Coast.

Nico Brand received a fine of $365 and three demerit points after he backed his van onto the ramp without a seatbelt at the Golden Beach pontoon.

Mr Brand said he was “dumbfounded” when the police asked if there was any reason he was not wearing a seatbelt.

“I said ‘It’s a car park’ and she said ‘it’s not a car park, it’s a public road’,” Mr Brand said.

“Is it really fair to expect someone to put a seatbelt on when he’s on a boat ramp and comes up and parks 15m away?”

Local motorists took to the comments of a Courier Mail Facebook post to agree with Mr Brand.

Here’s some of what they said:

Jess: Amazing! There are actual criminals out there doing dangerous things but hey let’s go hang out at a boat ramp and catch as many as we can for an easy buck!

Darlene: Never have I used my seatbelt when using a boat ramp , haven’t you got better things to do with your time, go out and actually get someone who’s really breaking the laws. Stand with this man 100 percent.

Steve: I have been using trailer boats for years in many locations and have never ever put on a seatbelt when driving onto or away from the ramp to a tie down area. If he was driving for a few hundred metres, different story. Common sense needs to kick in.

Rory: You do not have to wear a seatbelt when reversing or driving forward at no more than 25km/h IF you are frequently getting in and out of the vehicle (i.e. for deliveries). Seems like a bit of a grey area here, one would assume you’re getting out of the car frequently when loading/unloading a boat.

Ignorance of road rules is not a valid excuse in the eyes of the law, so we’ve prepared a list of the top six road rules you didn’t know you were breaking:

  1. Not wearing a seat belt: The driver of a vehicle that is moving, or is stationary but not parked, must wear a seatbelt except if they are reversing or are exempt
  2. Roundabouts: Drivers approaching a roundabout must use their indicators when entering and turning left, right or making a U-turn, but not when travelling straight ahead. When exiting you must always indicate left just before you exit, unless it is not practical to do so
  3. Giving Way To Pedestrians: If a driver is turning left or right at an intersection, he or she must give way to any pedestrian crossing the road the driver is entering
  4. Mobile Phones: A mobile phone can only be used while driving in Queensland if it’s being used hands-free, and you are not a learner or P1 licence holder under 25 years old
  5. Keeping Left: On multi-lane roads with a speed limit of more than 80km/h and/or where there is a ‘Keep Left Unless Overtaking’ sign displayed, motorists must not drive in the right-hand lane unless overtaking, turning right or making a U-turn, avoiding an obstacle or driving in congested traffic
  6. Fog Light Use: A driver is only permitted to use fog lights if driving in fog, mist or other atmospheric conditions that restrict visibility.