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Ocean Beach fatality a reminder to stay safe

By Staff Writer Mozza

An 18-year-old Burpengary man died during a Sunday drive in June after being thrown from a Toyota Hilux 4WD rollover on Ocean Beach, Bribie Island. The driver suffered serious injury and was airlifted to hospital for treatment.

A memorial has been set up by the man’s friends and family on the dune of the beach at the site of the accident, reminding all of us to take care when driving on sand or at any time. Speed limits on the beach are generally 30km per hour and at times are 50km per hour, but tidal changes to beach formations including ruts and mounds can mean that slower is better. Following the tracks of another vehicle can also significantly reduce risk of encountering unexpected terrain.

So in honour of this young man, please be sensible and play it safe at Ocean Beach this summer. It’s so beautiful up there that speeding only reduces the time you have to take it all in. Slow down and enjoy the serenity.

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