Officer-in-charge Senior Ser-geant Mike Newman said people were using the bikes on-road, particularly Nettleton Road and Old Brickworks Road, to access Byford Walk Trail into Wungong Regional Park.
Not only was it illegal to ride off-road vehicles on bitumen, it was also illegal to ride them in the regional park near a water catchment area, he said.
In a response to a barrage of residents’ complaints, local officers and rangers from the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Water Corporation, Department of Fisheries and Department of Parks and Wildlife are conducting joint patrols to stamp out the practice.
But Sgt Newman said his hands were essentially tied until he knew which families were allowing children to risk their necks on the roads.
‘As soon as we see them they take off down a side street or through a property,’ he said.
‘To chase them is inherently dangerous to everyone ” police, bike riders and members of the public ” so as a general rule of thumb we will not pursue.
‘But if residents can take note of and alert us to the homes they are coming from and the times they are going, we can be in the right place at the right time to witness it and then follow up with a visit to these people at home.’
Sgt Newman said he would charge parents who let the practice continue.
‘If people don’t heed the warnings I will consider every avenue, including charging them with permitting people to ride unlicensed vehicles,’ he said.
‘Residents are p….d off, they’re complaining and they want some action ” but we can’t solve this unless they give us the information we need. We’re not party poopers by any means, but if people want to ride these bikes they need to do it lawfully and transport the bikes on trailers to a legal spot to ride.
‘Right now, it’s an accident waiting to happen.’
For information on where to ride trail bikes legally, visit rtra.asn.au/where/where.
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