20 Surprising Things You Probably Didn’t Know Were Illegal in Queensland

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Penalties correct as of February 2018

What do you mean it’s illegal to do that?!

With thousands of laws in force across Queensland, it’s no surprise that many of them catch us off guard. From smoking at outdoor pedestrian malls to failing to stop for a Yellow light – there are a bunch of offences many Queenslanders might find surprising.

Our criminal law team have put together a list of 20 interesting laws you might not even know existed. Read on.

Traffic Offences

  1. Driving when an image from a television or device is visible to the driver
  2. Turning off your indicator too early when on a round about
  3. Failing to have your lights on at night or in hazardous conditions
  4. Overtaking too closely
  5. Tailgating
  6. Unnecessarily revving your engine
  7. Failing to stop for a yellow light

Smoking Related Offences

  1. Smoking within 10 metres of skate parks
  2. Smoking at any outdoor pedestrian malls

Criminal Offences

  1. Helping a friend escape arrest by police
  2. Blocking train tracks
  3. Spitting on a police officer
  4. Leaving a child under the age of 12 unattended

Summary Offences

  1. Urinating in a park or garden
  2. Tattooing a person under the age of 18
  3. Advertising a reward for the return of stolen property and indicating that no questions will be asked.
  4. Throwing objects at a sporting event
  5. Behaving in a disorderly, offensive, violent or threatening manner in a public place
  6. Selling spray paint to persons under the age of 18
  7. Being intoxicated in a public place