Four dirt bikers caught riding unlicensed

Four metro dirt bikers had their weekend ride cut short after being caught riding without a licence in Kevington yesterday.

Officers from the State Highway Patrol Solo Unit were patrolling Poletti Track when they observed four motorbikes travelling in mountainous terrain about 11.10am.

Police intercepted the group and performed roadside drug and alcohol tests on each rider:

• A 30-year-old Clayton South man

• A 30-year-old Braeside man

• A 33-year-old Glen Waverley man

• A 36-year-old Springvale man

All returned a negative result and were about to ride away unscathed until police conducted vehicle checks and discovered the riders were unlicensed.

The men had their bikes impounded and are expected to be charged on summons with traffic offences including unlicensed riding, unregistered motorcycle and using motorcycles which fail to comply for standards of registration.

Quotes attributable to State Highway Patrol Solo Unit Senior Sergeant John Papas:

“We want all Victorian riders to enjoy all that the country tracks have to offer, but we also want them to return home safety.”

“No matter how remotely you ride, you can expect to be intercepted by police at any time.”

This impound forms part of Operation Nexus, a five-day focus on keeping our community safe on the roads during the Easter long weekend.

The state-wide operation aims to reduce road trauma, including the number of lives lost and injuries on our roads.

During this time motorists can expect to be breath tested and drug tested, have their vehicles scanned and be checked for speeding.

The operation involves all available personnel including local road policing units, general duties, other operational policing units and centralised resources from Road Policing Command.

The operation started at 12.01am on Thursday 1 April and concludes at 11.59pm on Monday 5 April.

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