Road rule mythbuster: Leaving car unlocked to grab milk
YOU have five minutes before you have to pick the kids up from school and you know you need milk and bread.
You park in front of a corner store and leave the engine running while you duck in.
After all, you will only be a minute or two.
But the desperate dash into the shops could cost you more than a loaf of bread.
Sunshine Coast Road Policing Unit has revealed the rules surrounding idle and unsecured vehicles for this week's Road Rule Rumours segment.
It can not only put valuable belongings left on car seats in danger, but the offence can cost drivers $45 in fines.
Police issue an average of two tickets each week, because their main focus for the offence is education and prevention.
In the past four weeks in the Maroochydore region, more than 40 vehicles have been reported as unsecured.
Sergeant Mark Johnston said most of the requirements for drivers to lock their vehicles were common sense and the majority of drivers complied with this legislation.
"The law states once you park your vehicle on a road or car park, drivers must apply the parking brake effectively, switch off the engine if you are going to be more than 3m away from the vehicle.
"The keys must also be removed from the ignition."
As well as doors, windows must also be secured when a driver is more than three metres from a vehicle.
"These laws are designed for a number of reasons, with the number one priority being safety," Sgt Johnston said.
"Drivers who park their vehicle and 'duck' into the shop to make a quick purchase run the real risk of their vehicle being stolen.
See more road rule rumours in next Friday.
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