Police have stopped a 63-year-old man on his way to Western Australia after discovering that his car door was being held in place with *checks notes* sticky tape.
The Victorian man was about to embark on a whopping 3,400km journey to Western Australia when he was stopped by highway patrol officers in Mornington at approximately 10.30am on Monday morning.
According to 9News, the man was on his way to care for his sister who is sick with coronavirus when he was pulled over for the “slight safety issues.”
If you’re wondering what constitutes a “slight safety issue,” the entire driver-side door of the Daewoo Lanos had been removed, with a makeshift door being held in place with sticky tape. Please, I beg of you, do not try this at home.
“If you are heading out this weekend, please ensure your vehicle has an appropriate door that is not held on with sticky tape,” Victoria Police said in a statement on Monday.
Obviously, the vehicle was immediately grounded and the 63-year-old driver was issued with a defect notice.
Just to be clear, when they said there’s nothing that duct tape can’t fix, they weren’t talking about your car door. You cannot fix your car door with duct tape. It is illegal and you will absolutely cop a defect notice.
Western Australia has officially closed its borders to incoming travellers, however, it is unclear if the man would have qualified for an exemption for compassionate/carers reasons.
The defect notice comes as Victoria Police have started to crack down on general road safety while on the lookout for COVID-19 isolation breaches over Easter long weekend’s ‘Operation Nexus.’
It’s never a good time to break the law, but with an increased police presence across the country amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it’s probably wise to just do the right thing.
Wash your hands, maintain a safe distance when you’re in public and most importantly, stay the fuck home whenever possible.
If you think you may have coronavirus, either call your doctor (DON’T visit) or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. If you’re struggling to breathe or experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.
And please remember to wash your hands frequently (for at least 20 seconds) and keep at least 1.5 metres between you and those around you.