Cops, Leu hit out at ‘stupid’ driv­ers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

WET weather brings out the worst in some driv­ers it seems Moss­man po­lice have re­ported that some mo­torists’ be­hav­iour about flood­wa­ters has been “hor­ri­fy­ing.”

“There’s been a num­ber of re­ports due to the wet weather and flood­ing that mo­torists have been re­mov­ing or dis­obey­ing road closed signs,” said Moss­man Of­fi­cer in charge Matt Smith.

Some driv­ers were also be­com­ing ar­gu­men­ta­tive and abu­sive to­wards coun­cil work­ers who have been putting up signs.

“In the past few days there’s been some hor­ren­dous re­ports about mo­torists’ cav­a­lier at­ti­tudes to­wards flood­wa­ter over road­ways.

“One of my of­fi­cers was wait­ing in line about 10 cars back, and a car just went past them, over­took all the cars wait­ing and tried to cross, and then got stranded half­way through!

“We can­not stress strongly enough – while it’s in­con­ve­nient to have to go an­other route to your des­ti­na­tion, or if you have to sit on the road­side and wait for wa­ter lev­els to fall, that’s just the way it is.”

Sgt Smith said that be­sides those they caught in the act, Moss­man Po­lice had a num­ber of mo­torists to speak to.

“We’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing a num­ber of in­stances where we’ve got photos of peo­ple dis­obey­ing road clo­sure signs and do­ing their own thing.”

Mayor Ju­lia Leu con­firmed coun­cil work­ers had been dili­gently re­port­ing driv­ers ig­nor­ing signs.

“We will not tol­er­ate peo­ple who ig­nore these di­rec­tions, which are ob­vi­ously done to pro­tect our com­mu­ni­ties.

“The mes­sage is sim­ple, If It’s Flooded For­get It.

“Coun­cil, and the po­lice, are tak­ing a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to this stupid and dan­ger­ous be­hav­iour. There are no ex­cuses.”

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