Emergency services were quick to respond to an incident on Karioitahi Beach on Sunday 20 August 2017.
At around 12:15pm, a 4WD vehicle rolled about 300m north of the surf club. Witnesses say the driver attempted to ‘pull skids’.
“They were doing skids up and down Karioitahi Beach and all of a sudden lost control of the vehicle and it over turned. There were no injuries, which was lucky because at least two of them didn’t have their seat belts on,” they said.
There were four occupants in the vehicle, and fortunately no one was trapped, and none of the occupants required treatment by the ambulance.
“The surf life savers were quick to respond and help out and make sure they were all OK.”
Police, fire and lifeguards from Kariaotahi Surf Life Saving Club were all in attendance, and despite rolling, the vehicle was deemed driveable from the beach.
A permit must be obtained through Auckland Council if drivers would like to take their vehicles onto Karioitahi Beach. These permits are free and last for a year. Drivers must apply for a new permit each year and for each vehicle they want to use.
There is a 20km speed limit 1km north and 1km south of the Surf Club and Under the Land Transport Act, beaches are legal roads, so all road rules apply. This includes speed limits, licensing of drivers, vehicle registration and warrant of fitness, alcohol use, seatbelts, helmets and driving behaviour.
The Post Newspaper contacted Police to see if the driver had a permit, and if further action had been taken. However, Police clarified that it is up to Auckland Council to enforce the permits, and according to a Police spokesperson, it doesn’t appear that they have taken further action against the driver.