Remember the beach is a road, say police
POLICE have intercepted drug and drink-drivers, speedsters and hoons in the first weekend of a month-long blitz at Noosa North Shore.
As the school holidays kicked in, so too did the heavy police presence at the popular camping areas between Third Cutting and Double Island Point.
Between Friday and yesterday morning, the Sunshine Coast Tactical Crime Squad conducted 500 random breath tests while intercepting cars in static sites and covert mobile patrols.
Five people were charged with drug-driving and police caught two drink-drivers. Two people will soon face court, charged with possessing dangerous drugs, after police caught the pair smoking cannabis on the beach.
One was issued a ticket for speeding on the beach, while another was fined for not wearing a seatbelt.
Sunshine Coast Road Policing Unit officer-in-charge Dave Nelson reminded drivers that the road rules still applied on the beach.
"The biggest thing at the Noosa North Shore is to slow down," Snr Sgt Nelson said.
"There are a lot of people up there, a lot of kids and those kids don't see the beach as a road, they see it only as the beach.
"If you are going to set up camp for the day, don't set up in the middle of the beach. Everyone needs to just work together so everyone can enjoy the beach."
Car rollovers are all too common at Noosa North Shore.
"I don't want my officers attending a fatality up there over Easter and I don't want families traumatised and scarred for life by seeing something so horrific happen in front of them," Snr Sgt Nelson said.
He said hooning would not be tolerated. "Young drivers and P-platers are the worst for doing burnouts. Their cars can be impounded for 90 days," Snr Sgt Nelson said.