This little story from the Daily Telegraph recently caught my attention. Note how the Police Inspector sticks to his key message about new mobile phone laws. He gets final say – and I’d suggest police media will be very pleased!
A fine mess … Marina Alexiou, from Bondi / Pic: Justin Lloyd Source: The Daily Telegraph
IT was the packet of Tic Tacs that left a bad taste in this Sydney mum’s mouth.
Marina Alexiou claims she was pulled over and issued a $298 fine for handing the lollies to her two children in the backseat – after a police officer mistook the mints for a mobile phone.
The Bondi resident was driving her children to school along Old South Head Rd when she was pulled over at 8.20am. She claims her phone was in her handbag, on the passenger seat, the entire time.
“He pulled me over and said ‘Where’s your phone?’,” said an infuriated Ms Alexiou yesterday. “And I said ‘It’s in my bag’. So I searched in my bag and it was there.
“I just feel gutted.”
Ms Alexiou said even her children told the officer she had been passing them Tic Tacs when she was stopped on December 5. She plans to contest the matter in court.
“What infuriates me the most is that I am a primary school teacher who often calls on police officers to come speak to children at school to help build good relations and diminish the idea that police officers are (just) the people that put baddies to jail but rather that they are people of integrity and people whom you could trust.
“My own children went to school understanding that police officers lie, they intimidate and you can’t trust them.”
A police spokesman said the infringement was issued and said Ms Alexiou could challenge it.
“New mobile phone laws make it quite clear, if you are using a phone without a cradle you will be fined,” said Inspector Phil Brooks.
#keymessage #mediatraining #interviewskills