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Safe beach driving

The Northland Regional Council has been coordinating a multi-agency Safe Beach Driving education programme to promote safer and more environmentally conscious beach driving practices. The programme was started in 2006 due to concerns about the safety of beach users from dangerous beach driving, and damage caused to the sand dunes and beach environment.

Beach information events have been held to raise awareness of the potential dangers to beach users and the environment of inappropriate vehicle use on beaches. Over the summer 2009-2010 events were held at Baylys Beach, Tokerau Beach (Karikari Peninsula), Ahipara (90 Mile Beach), and Bream Bay. These included information displays and multi-agency beach patrols. Other events such as fishing competitions, roadside fatigue stops and community events were also attended.

Graph - Number of incidents of vehicles on beaches.

 

Information day at Ahipara.

Photo: Information day at Ahipara