Federal Judge Says Beach Driving Not Authorized

The National Park Service will still allow off-road driving on the beaches at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, even though a federal judge says the popular practice is technically illegal.

A Virginia motorist was sentenced to pay a 100-dollar fine for reckless driving near Oregon Inlet. U-S District Court Judge Terrence Boyle noted Tuesday that because the park service does not have a formal plan governing the use of off-road vehicles in the seashore, their use is prohibited.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore superintendent Mike Murray says that's right. But Murray says the park service plans to allow such off-road driving to continue while they develop a plan.

An estimated 225,000 visitors take advantage of beach driving on the Outer Banks each year.