Pram-pushing mum 'fined $250' for using mobile on Mandurah footpath
A YOUNG mother was issued with a $250 fine last year for talking on her mobile phone while pushing a pram along a footpath.
Police have confirmed the woman was issued with the infringement as she walked along a Mandurah footpath on April 21 last year.
Police Inspector Bill Munnee said today the infringement was issued by a Senior Constable from the Peel Traffic office to the woman for using her mobile phone while she was in control of a pram as she walked her child on a footpath.
The fine, understood to be $250, was withdrawn within 24 hours when the Senior Constable’s boss realised the massive error.
“It was recognised as incorrect within 24 hours by police,” Insp Munnee said.
“As a result the officer’s OIC (officer in charge) immediately contacted the woman involved, attended her address and apologised (and) cancelled the infringement notice.
“The officer concerned had misinterpreted the law involved regarding the definition of a vehicle.”
Insp Munnee said the officer at the centre of incident “should have known better."
“He was provided guidance and the matter was adversely recorded on his performance file,” he said.
Insp Munnee said the woman concerned accepted the apology from police.