Signage on route to southern suburbs beaches will inform motorists if beaches between Moana and Sellicks are full on Australia Day.
The popularity of the ‘drive-on beaches’ saw ramps closed to additional vehicles by 11am last year, so police are taking additional measures to keep the community safe and informed this year.
Superintendent Yvette Clark, the officer in charge of the South Coast Local Service Area, said police will be specifically focused on the foreshore between Christies and Sellicks Beach.
“Our use of the expressway signs will mean that motorists could get an early warning if the beach is no longer open to additional vehicles,” she said.
“Police will be paying close attention to driver behaviour on the beaches given the combination of drivers and pedestrians on the sand.”
Police will be on hand at Christies and Moana beaches, which are dry zones. Beaches from Aldinga to Sellicks are not dry zones.
A declared public precinct (DPP) has been proclaimed along the coast from Aldinga to Sellicks Beach and is active from 10am to 9.30pm.
The DPP lets police conduct metal detector searches, drug detection work, order a person posing a risk to public safety to leave the area, or ban such a person from the area.
For more information about the DPP and the area it covers, visit www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety/declared-public-precincts