Drivers can be fined up to $ 344 and three penalties for attaching stickers to their rear windows or hanging soft dice from their rear-view mirrors.
The obscure and draconian traffic rule prohibits any trinket that could obstruct the driver’s view and possibly cause an accident.
Police and road safety groups in all but one Australian state have confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that such items may constitute a traffic violation. And that they are now looking forward to these driver distraction offenses.
Drivers can be fined up to $ 344 and three penalties for hanging air fresheners or fluffy dice from their rear-view mirrors
Such items – including air fresheners, flags, toys, etc. – are not strictly prohibited for cars, but can be fined if the police consider them obstacles.
Placing a GPS somewhere other than bottom right or center under the windshield can also result in a fine for similar reasons.
South Australian Police Chief of Police, Superintendent Bob Gray, said his officers were specifically focused on driver distraction.
“Cell phones, GPS devices, and other technology or items in the car can be a major distraction to drivers and divert their attention from the task,” he said.
When mounting your GPS display or adding decorative items, such as fluffy dice or stickers, consider whether this will obstruct your view. It is important that drivers have a clear view of the road, forward, back and sides at all times. ‘
Drivers who drive without a clear line of sight will be fined $ 193 plus a $ 60 contribution to victims of crime charges.
Items such as stickers, flags, toys, etc. are not strictly forbidden from cars, but can be fined if the police consider them obstacles
The latest obscure road rule excavated bans all trinkets that could obstruct the driver’s view of the windshield
The Western Australian Road Safety Commission said that items that are attached to or placed in one of the vehicle’s windows and that could cause interrupted or distracted vision to the driver could result in a fine.
Examples included ‘a mascot, toy or similar item ‘on the windshield, other window or interior that could hinder or distract the driver.
The fine is a $ 100 fine and one penalty point.
FINES FOR FLUFFY DICE OR STICKERS IN ANY CONDITION
NSW: Fine of $ 344, three negatives
Victoria: $ 248 fine
Queensland: $ 311 fine, but the police don’t consider them obstacles
WA: $ 100 fine, one flaw
SA: $ 253 fine
Victorian police said fixing things to the mirror or elsewhere could incur a $ 248 fine.
“The offense related to things hanging on the mirror here in Victoria is missing [an] uninterrupted view, “it said.
The rule was similar in NSW where the fine is $ 344 and three penalty points.
“If the item is placed so that the driver cannot see other cars, it is a violation,” said the NSW police.
Road safety groups issued similar warnings and advised drivers to be careful about what was in their car to avoid being fined.
“Victorian traffic rules require a driver to have a clear view of the road and traffic in front, behind and to each side,” said Emily McLean, senior engineer at RACV.
This means that a GPS must be secured from the central part of the windshield so that it doesn’t obstruct your view.
The same rules apply to anything that hangs from your mirror, like fluffy dice. If they are likely to obstruct your view of the road, RACV says they are best avoided. ‘
The NRMA advised NSW drivers to ‘use a little common sense’ when setting up bling in their car.
“The important thing is to always have a good view of the road,” he said.
“It’s never a good idea to stick or hang something on the windshield that is blocking your view. The fine is $ 337 and three penalties. ‘
“We’re not just looking at cars on the road, it could be a young child or a dog that might be hard to see.”
RACQ said if “something like a GPS, fluffy dice, or an air freshener” obstructs a driver’s view of the road, they could face a fine of up to $ 311.
“When it comes to using a GPS, we recommend placing it low and out of the way, in the bottom right corner of your windshield,” he said.
However, unlike other states, the Queensland Police said its officers would not fine anyone for this because they were unlikely to crash.
“It’s not something Queensland police are punishing drivers for. It should be a mega-size air freshener to cause a crash, ”he said.