Software that keeps you out of patrol man's book
THE list of Queensland laws pertaining to everything from driving a car to serving a cold beer is so long that even police officers don't remember a lot of them.
For instance, did you know it was an offence to ride a bike while leading an animal, with a maximum penalty of $145?
Did you know the fine for lighting a bonfire on a road was $45? No?
There are literally thousands of laws, each one a potential minefield that any one of us could step on unsuspectingly - even if we're not intending to do the wrong thing.
The general ignorance of the law was what prompted application developer Rob Meharg to create On The Spot Fines Queensland, a comprehensive list of every road, liquor and public order law and applicable fine in Queensland.
Teaming up with Web Pro Toowoomba, Mr Meharg spent six months developing the software, which he said was already proving popular with everyone from truck drivers to police officers.
"What we see a lot of today is people not realising that the u-turn laws are different in every state, and there are laws and offences that people just haven't heard of," Mr Meharg said.
"You see a lot of talk on public forums - rumours about offences that don't exist.
"My aim is to dispel the myths.
"If police are using it then why can't the general public have the same access?
"We are not talking about secret squirrel stuff here."
After forking out the one-off purchase price of $2.50, users can use a keyword search to find information on a particular offence.
Mr Meharg used Freedom of Information requests to gather up-to-date information on thousands of laws.
The application will require almost constant updating to ensure it is correct and up to date.
Those who have purchased the app will get free updates when they become available.
"A lot of people have been surprised by the sheer number of fines," Mr Meharg said.
"I don't even know how many there are, but it took four solid days of accuracy checks to make sure we had it all right."
His long-term aim is to include every Australian state and territory.
Did you know?
Police can issue a ticket for riding a bike with a dog attached to a leash