Boy lucky not to be hit by 4WD


Trinity residents Kristina Reid and Arabelle, Faye and Aaron Taylor with Lily, James (10) and Charlie (5), and Gary Guerini with Damien (7) and Scott (9).
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Trinity residents Kristina Reid and Arabelle, Faye and Aaron Taylor with Lily, James (10) and Charlie (5), and Gary Guerini with Damien (7) and Scott (9). Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d449235

Alkimos resident Aaron Taylor said his family was at the beach in Jindalee on Australia Day when a 4WD drove by and almost ran over Charlie (5).

“When we were coming back to the car, our kids were carrying the stuff across the beach,” he said. “My little boy nearly got knocked over by a car.”

Mr Taylor said vehicles were travelling at about 20-30km/h on the beach, and drivers should think about the safety of people using the beach.

“When there are families on the beach trying to take a day out, be mindful of who’s around,” he said.

“That’s our nearest beach; we started using it because obviously it’s so close.

“Now we are thinking about not using it. I don’t want my kids getting knocked over.”

City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the coastal rangers team had issued almost 70 infringements to people driving on beaches between December 16 and February 2, including 41 at Jindalee beach.

“Four-wheel-drives are not allowed on the City’s beaches,” she said.

“Swimmers and beachgoers should be able to enjoy our beaches safely and the City has received complaints about speeding and unsafe beach driving.

“It is an offence for drivers to take a vehicle of any kind onto a beach or sand dunes, unless authorised to do so in the course of their duties, or allowed by a sign. Drivers can be fined $125 on the spot.”

If people see vehicles on the City’s beaches, Mrs Roberts said they could note the car’s number plate, make and model, and take a photo if possible.

Reports can be made to the City n 9405 5000 between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday, or 1300 138 393 after hours.