Water flows across Jeffries st Yeppoon after heavy rain caused flash flooding in the area.
Water flows across Jeffries st Yeppoon after heavy rain caused flash flooding in the area. Philip Sutcliffe

Take note of the signs

IF it's flooded, forget it or face the consequences.

That's the warning from the region's top traffic cop who says police will not hesitate to charge motorists caught driving along flooded roads or ignoring "road closed" signs.

Acting Inspector Stephen Hall, the regional traffic co-ordinator, said the torrential downpours on Wednesday led to a number of instances where drivers had disobeyed instructions and had to be rescued.

"In all the instances, emergency services personnel had had to risk their own lives to rescue the drivers and passengers of these vehicles.

"It would appear that some drivers are not thinking about the danger they are exposing themselves and their passengers to."

He said in one case a driver had to be rescued from the tree he was clinging to after being swept away by fast-flowing water.

"With the amount of rain Central Queensland has received over the past few days, there is a strong likelihood that local creeks and rivers will flood and this in turn will see flooded roads which will be closed for public safety."

Ignoring a road-closed sign without a reasonable excuse attracts a fine up to $600.

Drivers can also be charged with the criminal offence of endangering life or dangerous operation of a motor vehicle for which the maximum penalty is three years in jail.

"Drivers are reminded that the police urge motorists not to drive into floodwaters of any kind," Insp Hall said.



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