Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie is expected to appear in court later this week charged with failing to pay close to 100 traffic infringement tickets in the past year.
A Queensland Police Service spokesperson said all of the tickets were issued as a result of Mr Beattie’s car being caught by a speed camera or red-light camera.
“We have undertaken a forensic analysis of the offences and have concluded that the dates on which the cameras caught Mr Beattie were a few days after he had last been quoted or photographed in the media,” the spokesperson said.
“It seems Mr Beattie has suffered some sort of withdrawal effects after not being in the media for a day or two and appears to have sought to rectify that by having his photo take by any means possible, even by a speed camera or red-light camera.
“Added weight is given to our theory by the fact that each camera-issued ticket features Mr Beattie in the rear parcel shelf of his vehicle where he was sure to be snapped unobstructed (main picture).
“We don’t know who was driving and in any event Mr Beattie has told us he will be apologising and taking full responsibility,” the QPS spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said while the forensic analysis could explain why the fines were incurred, it did not explain why Mr Beattie failed to pay them.
“All we can conclude that the stories we have always heard about him being a notorious tight-arse are true,” he said.
When contacted Mr Beattie advised The Bug that he would be holding a news conference today in Brisbane where he would be declaring he had no comment to make on the incidents.