Teen trail bike rider fined $1000 for no helmet
BRAIN damage and the impact terrible head injuries would have if he crashed was the lesson of the day for Jake Wullie McClung.
The 18-year-old appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court charged over riding a dirt bike with no helmet, riding unlicensed, and riding an unregistered and uninsured bike on a public road at Tannum Sands on July 18.
Magistrate Penelope Hay fined the rider $1000.
It was the second time McClung has been before a court charged with not wearing a helmet. The first was for riding a bicycle.
"How important is a brain to you?" Ms Hay asked him.
"Very important," he said.
She asked McClung if he realised how easy it could be to become involved in an accident, to which he replied "pretty easy".
Ms Hay said there were many bad drivers on the road that he must consider, telling him he could end up with serious brain damage.
"How would your parents feel if they had to look after you?" she said.
"It's very easy for these accidents to occur."
Ms Hay told McClung it was often young people injured in accidents or worse who ended in the Coroners Court.
Lawyer Jun Pepito said the bike was McClung's uncle's and he had been riding to his home to get a helmet to take it off road.
He said that as a dirt bike it was not able to be registered.
Speaking outside the court after his appearance, McClung said the $1000 fine was ridiculous.
"It's a thousand bucks... I could have gone shopping," he said.
However, McClung agreed the magistrate's comments on the risk of head injuries made sense
"She's got a point, she does," he said.
"I got on the bike to go and get a helmet from my uncle's. When I go riding in the bush I always wear a helmet."