North Tamborine police respond to noise complaints with operation

A POLICE crackdown targeting defective vehicles and driving offences on Tamborine Mountain has seen 81 motorists cop infringement, notice to appear and defect notices.

About 20 police officers from eight units, including North Tamborine, Canungra and Beenleigh and the Road Policing Task Force took part in Operation Quebec and Ocarina.

More than 300 random breath tests and vehicle compliance checks on May 18 and 19, with police issuing more than 20 defect notices and motorists being booked for driving offences infringements on Main Western Road and other main roads.

Defect notices force the owner of a vehicle to have their car or motorbike repaired in accordance to a safety standard within a time frame.

North Tamborine police Officer in Charge Mark Shields said the successful operation coincided with several events like Million Paws Walk and the Festival of Elegance, which were held on the mountain two weeks ago.

“We had been planning to conduct this operation for a while in response to local concerns with road safety on Tamborine Mountain and events happened to have fallen on the same dates,” he said.

Sergeant Shields said despite the number of drivers on the road, police officers were on task throughout the operation.

“As well as having police presence at the events, we had organised an operation to target speed and noise that was being animated from cars and motorbikes after we had received a lot of complaints,” he said.

“We were responding to a number of issues to do with noise such as monitoring off road bikes being ridden in the national parks and road safety due to a number of recent accidents.”

Sergeant Shields said officers patrolled the parks as well as conducting RBTS and checks on various locations on the mountain, including Tamborine-Oxford Road and Tamborine Mountain Road.

“Police were happy with the standard of driving and cooperation,” he said.

“However as a result of the number of infringements we will be conducting these targeted operations throughout the year.”

Motorbike accidents, illegal parking and motorists speeding are regular occurrences on the mountain.

Last year, police focused on motorcyclists riding dangerously in the Scenic Rim to reduce the amount of incidents on the roads.

Operation North Upright was a road safety campaign designed to raise awareness of the potential risks such as speeding, rider error and inexperience while riding motorcycles on hinterland and rural roads.