Beach drive ends in $500 fine
A SPIN ON Inskip beach during a family day out has cost a Hervey Bay father $500 and a six-month licence disqualification.
Michael Keith Lamond, 34, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay District Court to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
Crown prosecutor Ken Spinaze said a witness called police to the beach on April 20 after seeing a 4WD doing figure-eights on the beach and throwing up sand.
By the time police arrived Lamond was in the driver’s seat of the 4WD, which belonged to a friend.
Police saw Lamond doing donuts and powerslides on the sand, with a male passenger in the front and two children in the backseat of the car.
“This sort of activity on soft sand can cause a vehicle to tip over,” Mr Spinaze said.
“People have died from reckless driving on beaches.”
Defence barrister Harry Fong said Lamond did not have a history of similar driving behaviour.
“This was a one-off event. He accepts it was foolish,” Mr Fong said.
Judge Hugh Botting said the presence of children was most concerning.
Lamond was fined and lost his licence but a conviction was not recorded against him.