Deeragun Police conducted a proactive traffic operation over the weekend, as a result of a significant increase in complaints from Northern Beaches residents in relation to quad bikes and vehicles driving dangerously within the Black River bed and surrounding areas.
Officer in Charge of Deeragun Station, Senior Sergent Mahony stated police conducted patrols of the river bed and identified more than 60 people riding quad bikes and other off road vehicles. Police also observed several unaccompanied children riding quad bikes. While the majority of riders rode their bikes in a safe and sensible manner, a small minority of people were consistently riding quad bikes while intoxicated and in a dangerous and anti social manner. The consequences to the rider of a quad bike as a result of an accident are well documented.
Police urge people to ride their quad bikes safely and to be considerate of people living in close vicinity to areas such as the Black River. Senior Sergeant Mahony said police patrols within the Black River bed and surrounding areas would continue and officers would continue to provide advice on safe riding practices and potential offences committed by riders. He said riders who continued to ride dangerously and were being a nuisance to residents would be prosecuted under the Summary Offences Act and other legislation.
Deeragun Police are conducting regular patrols and working in partnership with local residents and the Townsville City Council to identify and prosecute people riding quad bikes and motor cycles on beaches at Bushland Beach, Saunders Beach and Toolakea Beach. Accessing these populated beaches using a quad bike or motor cycle is dangerous to other beach users and is illegal. Anyone identified accessing these beaches without lawful excuse will be prosecuted.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.