It may seem like a small detail, but it cost this woman a lot.
Hailey Gilliard was shocked to receive a dreaded letter from the Queensland Police Department telling her to cough up $1078.
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Not only that, she also gets hit with a hefty four penalty points.
Her transgression would have been hard to spot.
Included in the letter was a snapshot of footage from one of the state’s many cameras set up to monitor the use of cell phones and seat belts in cars.
The slightly blurry photo shows Gilliard – who was in the front passenger seat at the time – wearing her seat belt under her arms, rather than over her right shoulder.
According to a state government website, seat belts in Queensland should “be worn over your shoulder, across your chest with the best”.
Gilliard explained that she was wearing her seat belt incorrectly due to motion sickness.
“If you’re having a bad day, at least it’s not as bad as mine,” she told TikTok.
“I was just fined $1000 for wearing my seat belt incorrectly, with my seat belt under my arm because I was a little carsick and had to lean forward, and I was fined $1000.
“Life is good, maybe I’ll cry later.”
In a subsequent video on the platform, Gilliard used her experience as a cautionary tale.
“I was a bit shocked, I think, because I was in the passenger seat,” she said.
“As you can see in this photo – my mugshot photo – I still have my seat belt on, but because my arm was over it, it was still $1000 and four points.
“So be very careful on the roads. Even if you wear your seat belt, you must wear it properly.
“Don’t do what I did and be fined $1000.”