City of Wanneroo and WA Police remind drivers to keep off beaches

Increased police patrols and cameras will be used to monitor beaches.
Increased police patrols and cameras will be used to monitor beaches.

DRIVERS are being reminded to keep off beaches as the City of Wanneroo and WA Police launch a summer blitz.

The crackdown is targeting people found driving or parked on beaches within the City and, in association with land developers, will extend to private areas leading to beaches and foreshore areas.

Chief executive Dan Simms said the City was adopting a zero tolerance approach to the offence.

“The primary concern is for the safety and protection of other beach users, including our own residents and visitors,” he said.

“In recent weeks we have had two near-miss incidents that could have resulted in deaths.

“In one a mother had to pull two small children from the path of an oncoming vehicle when it was clear the driver had not seen them.

“In the second incident a resident who was sunbathing in a shallow swale escaped by less than a metre from being run over by a hoon driver.”

Mr Simms said cars and bikes were incompatible with families using beaches for recreational activities and the measures would also help to protect the foreshore and dune systems.

The City will use high definition cameras with long range lenses and is investigating the use of aerial technology to identify vehicles in prohibited areas.

It has also increased penalties up to $800, along with potential court prosecution and vehicle impoundment. There will also be more coastal patrols.