Driver furious after traffic camera snapped his wife’s underwear and sent them a $1,078 seatbelt fine for reaching over to adjust the car’s sun visor
- The woman’s arm slipped momentarily from the seat belt
- The traffic camera also took a picture of her underwear
- She wants an apology for the “indecent” upskirt photo
A driver was fined $1,078 because his wife momentarily reached over and adjusted her sun visor, and also complained that the traffic camera took a picture of her underwear.
Anh Nyugen was in the passenger seat while her partner Richard Arnold was driving when she pulled down the sun visor and her arm slipped out of the seatbelt.
Mr. Arnold, as a driver, was shocked when he was fined, but the couple were even more upset – and demanding an apology – for the “indecent picture” on Ms Nyugen’s skirt.
He was provided with two images taken by a fixed camera on the M1 in Coomera, Gold Coast on 19 December at 5.21pm.
A Queensland couple are outraged after a $1,078 fine for the passenger (pictured) who adjusted the sun visor after her arm slipped out of the seatbelt
The traffic camera also took a picture of her Anh Nyugen’s underwear (picture, blurred right)
Mrs. Nyugen, who has a petite height of 152 cm, was standing with her foot on the dashboard of the Mitsubishi Triton ute when the photo was taken.
Mr. Arnold, a retired airline employee on a fixed income, was stunned to receive such a hefty fine for the incident, which he said lasted no longer than two or three seconds.
“I don’t think it’s reasonable,” he told the Courier Mail. “When you’re driving, you can’t check your passengers all the time to see if their seatbelts are on.”
He also wants the Queensland government to apologize for the intrusive photo.
“You don’t expect to be sent photos of your wife’s underwear, I must say,” he said.
“I think it’s illegal to photograph a skirt up. Hidden photo surveillance should not be used in such an insensitive and disrespectful way.”
Mr Arnold is challenging the fine in court, although he fears he will face further charges.
Mr Arnold (pictured left with his partner Anh Nyugen) is challenging the fine in court, although he fears he will have to pay further costs
He said he is on a steady income and the $1,078 fine is a very large amount for him after being forced into early retirement due to the pandemic.
from Queensland The Department of Transport and Main Roads said photos taken by traffic cameras are “securely encrypted and stored” and used “for enforcement purposes only.”
When fines are issued, the images are not changed until they are included in the infringement notice.
In the year to 31 October 2022, an average of 70 fines per day were issued in Queensland for seatbelt violations caught on road safety cameras.
Most of the fines were for seat belt violations by passengers, not drivers.