Jimboomba Police have received an increase in traffic complaints about unregistered and uninsured trail cyclists driving around the Jimboomba Police Division and illegally in the surrounding bush.
Police remind community members that all vehicles who use Queensland roads, including trail bikes, must be registered.
Jimboomba Police, working with park rangers, will continue to target trail bikes that commit offenses in the Jimboomba Police Division.
Acting Senior Sergeant Adrian Burns said police would proactively patrol to deter similar new offenses.
“We will be patrolling at random times to target these infractions and increase throughout the school vacation period,” Acting Senior Sgt Burns said.
“We will have a zero tolerance policy for these infractions.”
Unauthorized use of fire and sensitive bush trails poses a threat to the safety and well-being of other users such as bush walkers, cyclists, horse riders and family groups.
Recently a 21 year old woman from Flagstone was part of a group who were riding their dirt bikes down Flagstone Main Street when they fell, slipping in the middle of the roundabout and were narrowly missed by motorists using legally the road.
Police investigations revealed that the woman was uninsured, unregistered and did not have a license for the bicycle she was riding. The woman was subsequently charged with driving without care and attention, driving an uninsured vehicle, operating an unregistered vehicle and operating a vehicle without a driver’s license.
“More than 20 motorcyclists have been killed this year,” Acting Senior Sgt Adrian Burns said.
“Motorcycles and motorcycles can be fun, economical and safe, but unfortunately even the best protected rider, with the safest gear, is likely to be second in the event of a crash.
“If you ride a trail or road bike, please ride safe every time.”
“It’s just not worth the risk.”
The offender is due to appear in Beaudesert Magistrates’ Court on May 25.
Over the past two weeks, Jimboomba police have apprehended several cyclists for offenses including driving without a license, riding unregistered bicycles and driving on private land without permission.
We would like to remind members of our community that there are several fines for non-compliance with the rules and laws regarding driving and using motorcycles.
- Use or allow the use of an unregistered motorcycle – $ 213
- Riding an uninsured motorcycle – $ 522
- The motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet – $ 400 and 3 points
- Riding motorcycles on public land in violation of local law – $ 266
- Drive or allow to drive a defective motorcycle – $ 133 and 1 point
- Riding / Driving Without License – Short
These offenses are also classified as type 2 offenses under section 69A of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000. For more information, click here: qld.gov.au/transport/safety/fines/demerit/points#motorcycle
You may receive a notice of violation, a notice of appearance or an arrest and be required to appear in district court.
In addition to any notice of violation or legal penalties, the vehicle you drive may be impounded or immobilized for a prescribed period or confiscated for the benefit of the State.
There are several parks available in the South East region that allow riders to access tracks and trails suitable for beginner to more advanced level riders.
Many places even offer camping facilities, allowing you to make it a weekend away without endangering other road users or yourself. More information is available on the Logan City Council website.
Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, but it starts with you.
Cite this reference number: QP2100850255.