Anyone who's ever been slapped (it's usually slapped) with a speeding ticket will know the deep, almost primal urge to dispute it. They're second only to parking fines.
For Mustafa Al Shakarji that sentiment continues to reach new bounds. He was handed a $250 fine in March 2012 after a police radar allegedly detected him driving at 88km/h in a 60 zone.
Al Shakarji doesn't agree with the penalty. Fighting it, however, has cost him a little more than $250. He's spent at least $100,000.
"I was not speeding, absolutely," the Queensland resident told A Current Affair.
Now, Al Shakarji could be the first Australian to contest a speeding ticket in the country's High Court. He wasn't in any danger of losing his licence after incurring the fine, but is vehement in his denial of the offence.
Radar laser consultant Roy Zegers doesn't just have an awesome job title but also an opinion of Al Shakrji's ongoing legal challenge.
So far, his client has attended six court cases, the last of which he lost in the Court of Appeal, 9News reports.
Devices should not be used in a heavily built up area and in this case
it was an extremely heavily built up area," Mr Zegers said.
The whole operation by the operator of the device comes into question
because you are now using a device outside the guidelines.
Al Shakarji notes that police recorded the incident with a camera mounted to a steering wheel column rather than a dashboard. He thinks this supports his side, but also concedes that many people told him that he's "crazy".
"People have said that ... Even those closest to me, my family ... They’ve said ‘why don’t you just pay it off?’" he adds.