THREE WAYS YOU MIGHT HAVE UNKNOWINGLY BROKEN THE LAW
There are many articles about strange laws that still exist from time gone by, but generally they are not things you might actually find yourself doing. Read on to learn about three of the more obscure laws in the state of Western Australia that people often break, without even realising it. Unfortunately, ignorance of the law is not considered a valid defence, which is why it’s important to be aware of what the law actually is!
Don’t advertise a reward for stolen property “no questions asked”
Have you seen signs around Perth or a post on social media advertising a reward for the return of stolen property with “no questions asked”? People are genuinely hoping for the return of lost or stolen items, which are often irreplaceable.
But did you know that in Western Australia it is illegal to advertise a reward for stolen property on a “no questions asked” basis? That’s right! Under section 138 of the Criminal Code you are guilty of committing an offence and could be liable to a fine of $2,000.
Don’t challenge or provoke someone to fight
And should you decide to challenge someone to “fight a duel” – or simply provoke someone to do so – you are committing an offence under section 72 of the Criminal Code. While the phrase “duel” may seem outdated, it is essentially referring to a physical fight. Violence is never the answer… and it could leave you liable to a fine of $6,000 and imprisonment for 2 years.
Don’t lean out of your car – not even your elbow
We are so lucky in WA to have an amazing coastline and big blue skies. There is nothing like cruising along the coast with the car window down, your arm hanging out getting a “truckies tan” and the wind blowing through your hair. But if you do, you are breaking the law under section 242 of the Road Traffic Code – and unfortunately there have been numerous convictions under this offence in WA. The penalty for the offence is $50 and 1 demerit point for the driver.
There are some valid exceptions to this law including bus drivers, motorcycles, emergency vehicles and slow-moving working vehicles.
Don’t forget your legal representation
While the WA Government does try to remove some of the more obscure laws in order to save the public money, there are still a few odd ones out there. If you find yourself in trouble with the law, whether consciously or not, get in touch with the team at FourLion Legal who will be happy to help.
Article prepared by:
Office Manager & Paralegal