Follow the rules if you're beach-bound

The Courier Mail reported QPS would be patrolling beaches across the State in response to some of the worst behaviour they had seen, including drink and drug driving, speeding and not wearing seatbelts.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie reminded drivers regular road rules still applied on Queensland beaches.

“Even when you’re driving on the sand, you still have to follow the road rules or you’ll risk being fined for any offence you would be on the road, and the results of that could see someone seriously injured or worse,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Don’t be tempted to get behind the wheel on the sand if you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It’s incredibly dangerous for you, your passengers and people on the beach.

“You might be on holidays, but just because you’re on the sand it doesn’t mean that the risk is any less.”

Ms Ritchie also urged beach drivers to be aware vehicles handled differently on sand and ensure they drove to the conditions.

“Travel light if you’re driving on the beach as it’s hard work for your vehicle to get through sand,” she said.

“It’s also a good idea to keep your speed down and carry recovery equipment in case you lose momentum and get bogged.

“Check the tides before you set off and be sure you have a valid beach permit clearly displayed on your vehicle.”