Many families are heading up the beach for day trips or to camp over the Christmas break so to help everyone stay safe, the Sunshine Coast Crime Prevention Team and Tewantin Police spent a great day reminding motorists about road safety whilst driving on the beach.
It is important to remember that road rules apply to the beach with speed limits in place. Other road rules such as alcohol limits, wearing seat belts and keeping left apply and are enforced by police. Passengers are also reminded that they must travel safely within the vehicle at all times.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) officers are also patrolling these areas ensuring that fishing limits are adhered to. One of our local officers spoke to a family collecting pippies – the limit for pippies was reduced in September to 30 pippies per person.
Ensure that vehicles are not overloaded and that items are packed securely and safely and make sure you check the tide times before heading out.
With the current weather conditions make sure you check in with National Parks prior to your trip. Currently there is a fire burning at Cooloola, along the beachfront and yesterday saw police work with National Parks and DAF to move a number of campers south (below T3) for their own safety.
A total fire ban is in place across most of the south-east and applies to national parks so consider an alternative if camping.
Stay safe, be considerate and allow extra travel times when travelling on the road this festive season.