Police nab unregistered trail bikes, quad bikes
POLICE are cracking down on thrillseekers riding unregistered trail bikes and quad bikes after several calls from angry Bushland Beach and Bluewater residents who said they have had enough.
Deeragun police officer-in-charge Senior-Sergeant Damien Crosby said his officers conducted an operation on the weekend specifically targeting the problem and nabbed seven riders for various offences, including a nine-year-old boy.
Two quad bikes were pulled over in Coolaree Drv in Bushland Beach last Friday. Both riders were issued with fines for riding unregistered and uninsured vehicles, while one of the riders, a 29-year-old man, was also charged with drink driving after he blew 0.069 per cent.
On Saturday afternoon, a 15-yearold boy was pulled over on Forestry Rd in Bluewater on his quad bike and was cautioned.
A nine-year-old boy who was with him on an unregistered trail bike will have to undergo behavioural counselling with his parents.
Later that night, a 26-year-old man was caught drink-driving a ‘‘ pocket rocket’’ – a miniature-style motorbike on Shaw Rd – when he blew 0.068 per cent. He was charged with drink driving, unlicensed driving, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and not wearing a helmet.
On Sunday afternoon, police detected two unregistered trail bikes on Forestry Rd in Bluewater before one sped off after noticing police.
Police caught the two riders, both boys aged 15 and 16, who were cautioned over several offences.
Sen-Sgt Crosby said residents’ concerns were justified and the behaviour would not be tolerated.
‘‘ Apart from the obvious safety considerations, residents are concerned about the associated issues of noise and dust,’’ he said. ‘‘ And on some occasions residents have been subject to threats and abuse, when they have approached riders and asked them to ride elsewhere.’’
Sen-Sgt Crosby said police were concerned about the number of juveniles caught committing the offences and encouraged parents to ensure their children were using their vehicles safely in appropriate areas.
‘‘ Parents should be aware that if they knowingly permit or allow their children to ride these vehicles on public roads, then they themselves can be subject to court proceedings for the offence of permitting to drive while unlicensed,’’ he said.