Hello, hello, dial-a-ticket on the line

IF YOU broke the law, you'd expect to be pulled up straight away, not receive a phone call from the police days later.

So when Kuluin mum Julie Bichel drove through an amber traffic light on Duporth Ave on January 7, she was surprised to hear from the police two days later.

"I didn't know you could get done for going through an amber light, otherwise I wouldn't have done it," Mrs Bichel said.

"Why didn't they pull me up at the time, if I'd done something that bad?

"Why not pull me up straight away?"

A Queensland Police Service (QPS) spokesman said the capacity to interview motorists on the phone, to determine elements of any alleged offence, had always existed.

"The issuing of the traffic infringement notice in this manner is not unusual and is similar to the process taken in regards to red light and speeding offences," he said.

"In relation to this particular incident, police will allege the driver failed to stop at a yellow traffic light despite it being safe to do so.

"Police were unable to intercept the driver at the relevant time of the offence due to operational considerations."

The spokesman said police had recorded observations at the time of the offence and details of the subsequent phone interview with Mrs Bichel on January 9.

Mrs Bichel said when she received the phone call, she thought it was a hoax, as she had never known of police issuing tickets over the phone.

But when she received the infringement notice in the mail a few days later, she knew it was legitimate.

"I don't think it's right," Mrs Bichel said.

"What is the time frame they can ring and say something? Can they ring me in three months' time?

"I think it was a bit harsh. You should get them (tickets) at the time."

The QPS spokesman said all drivers issued with a traffic infringement notice had the right to have the matter heard and determined in court, where the full circumstances of the matter could be explored.



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