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Dozens of drivers fined for bad beach behaviour


A major crack down on four-wheel-drive enthusiasts over the September school holidays.

Police were out and about on the weekend, keeping an eye on drivers on the sand at Teewah Beach and Fraser Island, following two fatal rollovers in recent months.

Officers conducted 396 roadside breath tests (RBTs) as part of the beach safety operation and charged three people with drink driving.

They also issued 68 traffic infringement notices, the majority for speeding, defective vehicles and failing to wear a seat belt.

Of particular concern were two four wheel drive vehicles which were modified to an unsafe standard causing them to be taken off the road immediately.

Inspector Pat Swindells said that while we often think of road safety on our roads, many motorists forget about safety on our beaches.

“I urge all beach motorists to drive to the conditions and remember that the Fatal Five applies equally to the beach as well as our roads,” Inspector Swindells said.