The road crime police are nabbing drivers for every 15 min
EVERY 15 minutes police are slapping lazy drivers at Golden Beach with a $204 fine.
Caloundra officers and business owners at the Landsborough Parade shopping complex are fed up with drivers illegally crossing double white lines and turning into car spaces.
Already this year more than 40 drivers have been caught making the manoeuvre on the street. The offence also carries the loss of three demerit points.
Senior Constable Kelly O'Brien said officers actively patrol the area but the insistent behaviour from inconsiderate drivers had prompted a major crackdown at the complex.
She said in any given 15-minute period officers could spot up to four drivers doing the wrong thing.
"We are constantly patrolling and we have complaints from the shop owners of people turning across the double white lines as they are heading along Landsborough Parade and making the turn across the lines into a car park," Snr Const O'Brien said.
"It's very busy there, especially at peak times, there are a lot of pedestrians, a lot of school children catching buses and not only does someone crossing lines face crossing the path of oncoming traffic, but they are risking pedestrian safety as well.
MORE ROAD RULE MYTHS BUSTED
- DOUBLE WHITE LINES
- LAWS ON CYCLING
- LEAVING YOUR CAR UNLOCKED
- RUNNING AMBER LIGHTS
- THE RULES YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE BREAKING
"It just comes down to laziness and people don't want to go up to the roundabout and turn around because they don't want to lose their car park."
The double-white lines were painted on the road in front of the shops three years ago after a push from local police and Neighbourhood Watch.
"Drivers are shocked when I hand them the fine, but our worst fear is someone will get hit in that car park," Snr Const O'Brien said.
Golden Beach Newsagent's Kemmy Coxsaid the problem was constant and often sparked road rage.
"When you have one car trying to cross the white lines and turn doing the wrong thing and another car doing the right thing and turning in to take that park, it's a bit of a face off and people get angry.
"A man was abusing an elderly woman the other day; the man had done the wrong thing and was turning in, and I had to step in and tell him he was actually in the wrong and told him I just saved him $204 and three demerit points."