Men find out hard way whether radar detection is legal

TWO drivers have been fined after pleading guilty to having radar detection devices in their motor vehicles, in separate cases in Gladstone Magistrates Court.

Both drivers were fined $341.

The court heard that George Batsikas was stopped by police on the Bruce Hwy at 2.35pm on May 3.

Observant officers saw parts of a radar detector in his vehicle.

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Prosecutor Senior Constable Sam Pyke said the device was found under the front passenger seat.

Batsikas then told police officers he was not sure if it was legal or illegal in Queensland.

Magistrate Mark Morrow explained the device was illegal.

Batsikas told the court that what he read was that it was legal to have the device but illegal to use it in the car - "that section I didn't read".

Mr Morrow fined him the same amount as a traffic infringement penalty and recorded a conviction.

In an unrelated matter before the court on Monday, Peter Richard Stewart 41, pleaded guilty to driving with a radar detector device in his motor vehicle on May 9.

Police also caught Stewart using the device on the Bruce Hwy.

Sen Const Pyke said Stewart had been co-operative and produced the device, which was hidden, for the officers.



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