Smoking in cars

Police Briefs

LOCAL police have been praised for their observation skills after a woman was fined for smoking with a child in the car, last Friday. The recent fine serves as a timely reminder of the smoking laws that came into effect in January, 2010, which ban anyone from smoking in vehicles carrying children under 16 years. Noosa Heads officer in charge Senior Sergeant Steve McReight said it was the health of the children involved that the police worried about. The offence carries a fine of $227. The woman was also fined for driving without a licence.

Beach Blitz
MORE than 560 random breath tests were conducted and 23 tickets issued in a weekend blitz on Noosa’s North Shore. Of the tickets issued, one person was fined for driving more than 20km/h over the speed limit, four people were caught driving more than 13km/h over the limit and eight people were doing at least 13km/h over the speed limit. Two defective vehicle notices were issued, one person was caught driving with a low blood alcohol level, another person was caught driving while drinking, and one driver was fined for driving without proper control of the vehicle. Sen Sgt McReight said it was important to remind drivers that North Shore beach is considered a road, so all road rules apply. An increase in patrols of Noosa North Shore is planned for the coming weeks and high peak times with night patrols and unmarked vehicle patrols to be included.

Coolum Police Station
A COOLUM man has been slogged with a $1600 repair bill after pleading guilty to smashing the glass of the Coolum Police Station earlier this month. Noosa Magistrates’ Court heard Timothy Hogan, 33, was drunk when he kicked the doors out of anger following a fight with his girlfriend. In what Magistrate Simon Young called a “matter of oops”, Hogan said he didn’t realise he was attacking a police station until after the incident.
Magistrate Young said as silly acts go, “it doesn’t get much sillier”. Hogan was ordered to pay $1650 restitution and not further punished.