WA Police have launched a new website, ticketing the wrong person, to help people get tickets for crimes they’ve not committed.
The WA Government announced a crackdown on speeding in the state earlier this year, which saw thousands of people being fined or given a notice to appear for speeding.
“People can be charged with a crime if they don’t know the law, or if they’re committing an offence they haven’t committed,” Acting Chief Inspector Mark Macnab said.
“They may have committed a minor offence, but if they know the fine and can prove they’re not driving at a speed that would cause harm to others or themselves, they may be issued with a ticket.”
Police will now be able to issue tickets from their computers and mobile phones.
“You don’t need to be in the car to issue a ticket, it’s the ticket that’s going to be issued,” Assistant Commissioner Steve McCallum said.
Police will also be able issue a written warning and a summons to a person who is driving under the influence, if they believe they’ve broken the law.
“We will now issue a summons or a warning to a driver if they’ve had a minor infraction and if they continue to drive under the speed limit, they will be issued a ticket,” Assistant Chief Inspector McCallium said.
The new website has been launched by Police Commissioner Greg Clark.
“I think people can be a little more aware of the road and a little bit more confident in how we can help them to get the right result in terms of being issued a road traffic offence,” Mr Clark said.
A ticket inspector can issue a fine of up to $2000 or a notice of $500.