Po­lice nab un­reg­is­tered trail bikes, quad bikes

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Nathan Paull nathan. paull@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.

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