Road rules you didn't know you were breaking

Play your music too loud? Honk your horn for the wrong reasons? It could cost you.

We’ve been warned about the penalties for speeding and drink driving, but you can also be fined for playing music too loud or driving too slowly.

Here’s a list of Queensland road rules you might not know you’re breaking.

Sleeping in a vehicle while drunk (even with the car turned off)

If you are in control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol you have committed an offence.  This can include situations where you are sleeping in the vehicle.

Playing loud music

While pushing your cars stereo to its limits may seem like a fun idea, it can burn a hole in your pocket. If you ignore a verbal warning or instructions from police to turn the volume down, you may be slapped with a hefty fine.  

Flashing lights to warn other drivers of speed cameras

Warning other drivers isn’t prohibited (not specifically) but using your high-beam lights to warn others within 200m is an offence and it could dazzle the approaching driver.  

Driving too slowly

Drivers everywhere know they can be fined for speeding, but motorists can also be potentially fined for driving too slowly. Driving too far below the speed limit is an offence as it can be considered obstructing the path of other road users.

Being an inattentive driver

 If you’re trying to eat, drink, fix your makeup or are just distracted from the road, you can be fined for failure to drive with due care and attention. 

Passenger holding a baby while you drive

The driver is responsible for ensuring everyone in the car is safely secured. All children under the age of seven are required to use an appropriate child restraint.  

Failing to use lights

It is unsafe to drive at night or in severe weather without lights.

Dirty number plates

Cars get dirty, it’s a fact of life, but drivers must ensure that their number plates are always readable or face a hefty fine.  

Parking on a footpath

While it’s tempting to get your car off the road in narrow streets, it’s a fineable offence to park on a footpath as it is hazard for pedestrians, and an eyesore of some residents.