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Northern Outer Banks might toughen beach driving rules

Posted April 7, 2012 12:28 p.m. EDT
Updated April 8, 2012 8:30 a.m. EDT

— Officials in the northern Outer Banks are considering stricter controls on beach driving and could eventually adopt a permit system like the one on the southern end of the barrier islands.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reports (http://bit.ly/HF4LC7) that Currituck County has set up a study and could enact new rules by this summer.

Some of the proposals being considered are ticketing people who get bogged down in the sand because they failed to deflate their tires. Other ideas include larger information signs and constructing a place where drivers could deflate and reinflate tires between the paved road and the beach.

The 12 northernmost miles of the Outer Banks are accessible only by beach and four-wheel driving.

The beaches north of Corolla expect more traffic after the U.S. Park Service started requiring a permit to drive on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in February.