This tweet got Australia’s Police Minister Troy Grant into the doghouse.
The National Party MP, who is the country’s police minister, had to admit he broke the law after tweeting a photo of what he saw was an unusual sight. The picture was an ewe in the backseat of the car.
The problem was Grant was driving and by taking the picture, he broke a law which says mobile phones must be kept in its docking station while drivers are behind the wheel.
A journalist asked Grant about whether he was driving and when the minister said he was, he discovered what he had done was illegal.
Granted, Grant then did the right thing and turned himself in to police where he got a $325 (Aus) fine and four demerit points.
In an interview on Sydney radio station 2GB on Tuesday, Mr Grant said his car was turned off at the time, and his phone was in a cradle attached to his air conditioner vent.
“[I’m] $325 lighter in the pocket, paid it this morning,” he said. “When you do the wrong thing and it’s brought to your attention, you’ve gotta to the right thing and cop it on the chin like everyone else.
“Yes, I was behind the wheel.”
Mr Grant said he used his phone to capture something “which was a bit unusual and I thought was funny” and didn’t remove his phone from its cradle.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Heading home on the Newell stopped at upgrade works and then saw this. A ewe in the back out on a Saturday drive! <a href=”https://t.co/MBjHvFNaxr”>pic.twitter.com/MBjHvFNaxr</a></p>— Troy Grant (@troygrant) <a href=”https://twitter.com/troygrant/status/842980027322916868″>March 18, 2017</a></blockquote>
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