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Police issue fines for kitesurf towing, unlicensed driving, public nuisance and more on beaches

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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, and of the 53 random drug tests completed, two returned positive.

One notice to appear was issued for possessing dangerous drugs, and two for drug diversions.

Three notices to appear were issued for unlicensed driving, and six defective vehicle rectification notices were issued, with two vehicles ordered off the road due to illegal modifications.

One traffic infringement notice was issued for public nuisance and three for drive without due care.

Police intercepted a vehicle after seeing a passenger sitting on the door window, with part of their body outside the car, while the vehicle was driving in an 80km/h speed zone on Teewah Beach.

The driver was fined $619 for driving without due care and attention/careless driving and $1161 for driving a vehicle while the passenger was unrestrained.

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The passenger was fined $1161 for failing to wear a seat belt and $288 for travel in or on part of motor vehicle not designed for passengers.

That incident cost the pair a total of $3229.

Police also intercepted a vehicle at the Double Island Point Lagoon after witnessing the driver of a 4WD towing a person on a kiteboard behind the vehicle.

That driver was fined $619 for driving without due care and attention/careless driving and $1161 for failing to wear a seat belt.

The person being towed in the water, was fined $154 for travel on outside of vehicle.

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

Vehicles have been known to speed along a section of Teewah Beach. Picture: Shutterstock.

“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 said via a Queensland Police media release.

“We still have a couple weeks left of the school holidays so I urge people to keep these consequences in mind when planning to drive on the beach.

“I want everyone to have a happy easter break, enjoying our beautiful beaches on the Sunshine Coast, but I want it to be done safely, for the sake of yourself and others.

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

Related story: Beach driving study starts as police issue Easter plea

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.

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