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Motorcyclists urged to ride by the rules

Posted: 5pm 20 Jul 2021

Police have urged motorcyclists to stick to the Moreton Bay Region road network after a series of complaints about riders going off-road.

Senior Constable Jo Arthur says police have received numerous reports of motorcyclists hooning through parks, along bike tracks and through suburban streets.

“Not only do these incidents create a noise annoyance for residents, but they also pose significant risks to pedestrians, kids playing, motorists and (riders) themselves,” Sen-Constable Arthur says.

She says Moreton Bay Region police are investigating three recent instances where motorcycles have been ridden inappropriately and hope the community can help.

Parks in the spotlight

Police have fielded calls about motorcyclists riding through parks at Morayfield.

“The Crestwood Ave parkland and bike paths at Morayfield have been a playground for these particular alleged offenders for some months now,” Sen-Constable Arthur says.

In the second instance, a motorcyclist allegedly failed to stop when police attempted to intercept him on Lipscombe Rd at Deception Bay at 4.51pm on July 2.

“The rider was seen allegedly riding at excessive speeds against the flow of traffic, doing wheel stands and riding on the footpath.”

Sen-Constable Arthur says the bike path that follows the Redcliffe Peninsula train line near Buchanan St at Rothwell has allegedly been a thoroughfare for a motorcycle rider throughout June.

The alleged rider has been filmed by Moreton Bay Regional Council cameras within the area.

What are the penalties?

Sen-Constable Arthur says riders not sticking to the rules face stiff fines, or even a court appearance.

  • Use of or permit use of an unregistered motorcycle: $213
  • Ride uninsured motorcycle: $522
  • Motorbike rider fail to wear helmet: $400 and three demerit points
  • Ride motorbike on public land in contravention of local law: $266
  • Ride or permit to ride a defective motorcycle: $133 and one demerit point
  • Unlicensed riding/driving: Court

Reports by residents to Hoonline are used to help police and council best use their resources to combat these type of offences.

To make a report phone the Hoonline on 131 666 or lodge it online here.

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