Plea to stop hoons on beach

AUTHORITIES are pleading with four-wheel drivers to stop drink-driving and hooning at Five Rocks, before someone gets killed.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service operations manager Peter Moore said that with the amount of unsafe driving going on at the popular Byfield camping destination it was only a matter of time.

“Unsafe driving I believe will result in a death,” Mr Moore said.

The combination of large numbers of people, their vehicles, drugs and alcohol was his chief concern.

He said already there had been serious accidents requiring helicopter assistance, but he believed that was the tip of the iceberg.

“We hear of the bigger accidents – rather than the smaller ones.

“We don’t know more than half of them.”

Rangers have done regular patrols in the area, and even involved Yeppoon Police in night-time patrols, but know they can’t be there all the time.

“There is still a large amount of inappropriate behaviour in the park.”

They are investigating reports of an incident in the Orange Bowl last weekend and are hoping video footage of the event may provide evidence to charge some of those involved.

People can be fined for a number of issues, including driving in restricted areas and having campfires on the ground.

But other dangerous practices such as hooning through campsites and speeding on beaches where there were families that had most potential for injury.

“It just can’t go on, that sort of behaviour,” Mr Moore said.



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