Tony McCray stands in front of the landscaped bank where trail bike riders have torn up the freshly planted grass at a local housing development site.
Tony McCray stands in front of the landscaped bank where trail bike riders have torn up the freshly planted grass at a local housing development site. Julie-Anne Scott

Police target dirt-bike riders

TRAIL bike riders be warned!

Gladstone police have stepped up their patrols on Kirkwood Road and surrounding bushland targeting riders who are riding unregistered, unlicensed and not obeying road rules.

Senior Constable Julie Meinberg of Gladstone District Crime Prevention said police were vigilant in ensuring that all riders abided by road rules when using recreational trail bikes.

“While most trail bike riders are registered and considerate there are still unregistered riders doing the wrong thing,” she said.

“They are endangering themselves and the local community by riding defective and uninsured bikes. Many of the offenders are also riding unlicensed.”

Gecko Valley Winery owner Tony McCray has had trouble with dirt-bike riders at both his winery and at his job as an engineering manager on a local building development.

“The land has always been privately owned but since construction has started there are safety concerns about dirtbike riders using the rock walls as jumps and destroying the landscaping,” Tony said.

“It’s frustrating and just pure vandalism, these teenage boys are very rude and aggressive and very cheeky,” he said.

“Police are encouraging the community to contact local police with information relating to trail bike riders trespassing on private property and riding unregistered and breaking road rules,” Const Meinberg said.

“We ask the community to provide as many details as possible when contacting local police for example the colour and make of the bike, colour of the riders clothing and if possible the residence where the rider has exited from,” she said.



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