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Police nab easter idiots on our ‘sand highway’

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Police nab easter idiots on our ‘sand highway’

Sunshine Coast Highway Patrol and Tactical Crime Squad officers handed out droves of fines at Noosa North Shore and Double Island Point during the Easter long weekend.

Police issued 109 traffic infringement notices as part of Operation Sandstorm and Operation Whiskey Easter, from March 29 to April 1.

Officers conducted 968 random breath tests, finding one person with a blood alcohol reading of 0.130. Of the 53 random drug tests completed, two returned positive. Other offences included possessing dangerous drugs, drug diversions, unlicensed driving, public nuisance and driving without due care. Six defective-vehicle rectification notices were issued, with two vehicles ordered off the road due to illegal modifications.

Police intercepted a vehicle where a passenger was sitting on the door window, with part of their body outside the car on Teewah Beach. The driver was fined $619 for driving without due care and $1161 for driving with an unrestrained passenger. The passenger was fined $1161 for failing to wear a seatbelt and $288 for travel on part of motor vehicle not designed for passengers.

Police intercepted a vehicle at the Double Island Point Lagoon when a driver of a 4WD was towing a person on a kiteboard behind the car. That driver was fined $619 for driving without due care and $1161 for failing to wear a seatbelt. The person being towed in the water was fined $154 for travel outside of a vehicle.

Sunshine Coast Highway Patrol officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Shane Panoho says road rules still apply when driving on the beach.

“If you wouldn’t drive on the Bruce Highway with a passenger sitting out on the door window, don’t do it while driving on the beach, either,” he says.

“We will continue with increased patrols across the roads and beaches.”

If you have information for police, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppersqld.com.au and Policelink at police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

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