Leaning outside the car window may cost you
5 NSW traffic offences you might not know about
Obeying the rules of the road is important if you want to avoid being pulled over and getting a ticket, a fine or even losing your licence. Although most drivers in NSW are educated on the main driving offences, like speeding and drink driving, there are plenty of other, minor offences that are waiting to trip up an unwary motorist and potentially leave them facing penalties.
Our driving offence lawyers often come into contact with clients who have been ticketed for a traffic offence the client didn’t even know existed.
Here are five traffic offences that you might not be aware of:
- Running a yellow light
We all know that running a red light can get you in trouble, but not everyone is aware that going through a yellow light is also against the law if it can be demonstrated that you had time to stop safely. The penalty is a fine of up to $448 and the loss of three demerit points.
- Tooting your horn at a friend
Illegal use of a warning device comes with penalties including a $337 fine. According to the law, your car horn is supposed to be used exclusively as a way of warning other traffic of your presence, and if you are caught beeping at a friend while you drive past, you can potentially be charged.
- Waving out of the car window
It is against the law to have a limb protruding out of your vehicle and this covers situations where you wave your hand out of a car window or even rest your elbow on the ledge. If you are caught waving out of a car window you could face a fine of up to $337 and lose three demerit points.
- Having your fog lights on when it’s not foggy
Have you ever turned your fog lights on at the start of a drive and then forgotten to turn them off once the fog cleared? This oversight could leave you with a fine of $112.
- Leaving your car unlocked
The rules around leaving your car unlocked and/or windows open vary between states. In NSW, it is an offence to leave your vehicle unlocked or the keys in the ignition if you are more than three metres away from it. Penalties include fines of up to $112 for each offence.
Although the penalty for a minor traffic offence is usually a fine, in some cases loss of demerit points can lead to a licence suspension. Motorists aren’t always aware that it is often possible to fight traffic charges. Reputable traffic lawyers in Sydney can give you advice in this area and may be able to assist you to avoid losing your licence.