Man fined for driving through floodwaters in Central Queensland

Man, 23, and his dog rescued after being swept off road by floodwaters, west of Baralaba

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A 23-year-old man has been fined by police for driving through floodwaters in Central Queensland, after he and his dog became trapped. Photo: Police

A 23-year-old man has been fined by police for driving through floodwaters in Central Queensland, after he and his dog became trapped. Photo: Police

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VIDEO: A man has been fined by police for driving through floodwaters in Central Queensland, after he and his dog became trapped.

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A man has been fined after emergency services had to tow his vehicle from flood waters at Alberta, west of Baralaba on Wednesday.

It is alleged that around 4.30pm on November 31, the man drove around 'Road Closed' and 'Water Over Road' signs that were situated along Baralaba Woorabinda road.

The man then tried to navigate his vehicle across more than 100 metres of water that was approximately 2m deep with a strong current.

A man has been fined by police for driving through floodwaters in Central Queensland, after he and his dog became trapped. Video: Police

The dual cab was quickly swept off the roadway and fortunately became wedged against trees a short distance away.

The 23-year-old and his dog then waited on the roof, before they were pulled out of the water a short time later.

The man was issued with a $551 infringement notice for driving without due care and attention.

The incident comes just days after a Clermont man was killed near Capella, after his Landcruiser ute was washed off the Gregory Highway last Friday.

Police have reminded motorist that knowingly driving through flood waters is not only extremely dangerous but also an offence.

"Every year, police and emergency services see Queensland drivers endanger their lives, and the lives of their loved ones, by taking unnecessary risks and attempting to drive through flood waters," a spokesperson for Police said.

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