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.



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