The Bulletin News 26th Dec 2011
AFTER nine weeks of radium treatment in Brisbane, the last thing Sidney Dooley wanted to come home to was a $200 speeding fine.
Especially when the December-issued ticket was for his boat trailer, which hasn't left the shed at his Zilzie home in nine months.
"I thought, what's going on here?" Mr Dooley said.
After taking a closer look at the infringement notice, Mr Dooley realised the photo, captured on a speed camera, was of a four-wheel-drive vehicle caught speeding in Brisbane.
"I don't own a 4WD and I've never ever driven a car in Brisbane," he said.
The 69-year-old, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer 18 months ago, said that at this stage of his life it was something he didn't need to deal with.
Mr Dooley said it was mistakes such as this that showed a need for human contact to be brought back into the system.
"Everything is done by a computer these days. But we've got a brain and they haven't," he said.
A spokesperson for the Queensland Police said the incorrect infringement notice was a result of human error and apologised for the inconvenience caused to Mr Dooley.
They said the police had a rigorous quality assurance process in place to adjudicate on camera detected offences to minimise errors similar to the one present in this matter.
They confirmed that the notice had been waived and no further action would be required from Mr Dooley. But Mr Dooley said it came down to better surveillance. "Things have got to be checked and then double checked."
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