Police defend Riverlink traffic ticket

UPDATE 3PM: IPSWICH police have defended their duty to patrol shopping centre car parks, after a woman was hit with a $170 fine at Riverlink this morning.

The woman's angry husband accused police of going too far when they issued his wife with a heavy fine and the loss of three points from her licence.

She openly admitted to driving the wrong way up a one-way section of the Riverlink car park, but believed the punishment didn't fit the crime.

Ipswich police Inspector Keith McDonald says officers are frequently sent to locations where complaints have been received, and it was not uncommon for shopping centre management or members of the public to complain about the lack of driver etiquette in shopping centre car parks.

"We get complaints all the time from people who are doing the right thing and we act on those complaints," Insp McDonald said.

"Just because it happens in a shopping centre car park doesn't make it any less dangerous.

"The same road rules apply."

EARLIER: AN Ipswich business owner has hit out at police after his wife was given a heavy fine and loss of points for what he believes was a minor indiscretion in a shopping centre car park.

The woman was fined $170 and will be deducted three points after going the wrong way up a one-way section of the Riverlink Shopping Centre car park early this morning.

While admitting that his wife had deliberately cut up the wrong way to save time, the business owner, who asked not to be named, said he thought the punishment didn't fit the crime.

"She admits she did the wrong thing. She was running late for an appointment," the man said.

"I think the fine is over the top. Business is doing it hard enough without police bailing people up in the car parks around town.

"I believe people would prefer to see our police out there looking for real crims."

Ipswich shoppers should be aware that car parks are policed in the same way as normal roads, and the rules of the road should be adhered to just as they are on the street.

Riverlink management has refused to comment on the fine, and said the fine was purely a matter for police.

The Queensland Times is awaiting a response from police.


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