TAKING LIVES INTO THEIR HANDS:
FORMER Caloundra police Senior Sergeant Gavin Ricketts has slammed the behaviour of Double Island Point hoons he says are risking young lives.
The former officer-incharge of Caloundra station for eight years retired last year and has been spending plenty of time up the beach in his retirement.
He was up there with his family for the long weekend last weekend and was stunned by what he saw.
Hoons fishtailing metres from children playing in a creek, beach racing, towing people on boards and standing in the tray of a ute as it sped along the beach were among the worst.
“During the week it’s lovely,” Mr Ricketts said.
“(Come Friday afternoon) it just goes berserk up there.”
Mr Ricketts captured the aftermath of one incident.
He said the ute, carrying Pplates, had been doing doughnuts about 1pm Friday when it rolled.
injured driver’s bloodstained clothes were left on the beach after he was attended to by an ambulance, which raced up the beach to assist.
Mr Ricketts thought the ute had to have rolled at least twice as there was damage on “every panel” after it rolled only about a kilometre from the start of the camping area.
“We’re only lucky there was no kids there,” he said.
“It’s just getting out of con-
IT JUST SEEMS TO BE TOTAL LAWLESSNESS UP THERE. GAVIN RICKETTS
trol. There seems to be no law up there.”
He said he intended to write to the police and national parks ministers in a bid to pressure them to pay more attenThe tion to what he said had become a notorious hooning strip.
“It just seems to be total lawlessness up there,” Mr Ricketts said.
“It’s out of control. Somebody’s going to get killed. It’ll probably be a kid.”
He was also concerned about the number of fourwheel drives getting around up there that weren’t roadworthy and he hoped police and transport officials would pay more attention to the area.
Issues have plagued Double Island Point in recent years, with litter a huge problem, particularly after long weekends or public holidays.
Lifesavers watched over more than 106,000 people on the beach between Christmas and new year last year at Double Island Point.
A cap on visitor numbers had also been floated.
RECKLESS BEHAVIOUR: Former Caloundra police officer Gavin Ricketts has slammed hoons on Double Island Point. He captured the aftermath of what he said was a hooning accident last weekend.