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Driving on dunes leads to fines for Charlottetown man

Sand dunes at Brackley Beach- 123RF
Operating a motor vehicle on a beach or sand dune without a permit is a violation of the Environmental Protection Act. - file photo

A Charlottetown man has been charged after abandoning his Honda Civic in a sand dune in Cable Head West last month.

On July 26, Kings District RCMP responded to a complaint of a vehicle stuck in a dune located at the end of MacLaren Road.

Sgt. Chris Gunn said officers supervised the safe removal of the vehicle and continued the investigation as to how the car became stuck on the environmentally sensitive area.

Gunn said the dunes didn’t suffer any significant damage.

“We ensured when it was towed off that there was no environmental spills and all that,” he told The Guardian Friday.

Through investigation, the RCMP was able to identify the car’s owner and driver.

On Aug. 10, charges were laid against the driver for offences from the Environmental Protection Act and Highway Traffic Act, totalling $450 in fines (including surcharges). The driver will also be responsible for towing costs.

Gunn said the RCMP wants to remind the public to be mindful of sand dunes and not to park on them.

“They’re a natural resource in a sensitive area and we want to preserve them for future generations.”

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