Bundaberg Police is urging motorists to slow down and take care behind the wheel after an increase in reports of unsafe and dangerous driving on local beaches and in national parks.
In response to the reports, police will be increasing their presence in these public spaces to conduct enforcement operations.
Senior constable Brittany Duncan said driving on beaches or sandy surfaces was vastly different to highway driving and should only be done so with extra care care.
“Queensland road rules are applicable at all times and should still be observed when driving in national parks or on a beach,” she said.
“All vehicles must roadworthy and registered, even if intended for ‘off-road' use.
“Bundaberg is known for it’s beautiful beaches and is a hot spot for families to enjoy together, so police are asking the community to take safety seriously, not make poor choices and drive to the conditions.”
Beaches and day-use areas are busy places so consider the following tips for safe sand driving:
- Slow down around parked vehicles: children can run out unexpectedly
- Be aware of hazards, exposed rocks, weed banks and large holes left behind by keen sandcastle builders; they can trick even the most experienced drivers
- It is illegal to travel outside the vehicle. This includes hanging out of windows or riding in tray backs
- Everyone in the vehicle must wear a seatbelt when the car is moving
- Never drive too fast, tired or hungover
If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting or call 131 444.
Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.