Police target illegal dirt bike riders in Craigieburn

Illegal dirt bike riders in the Craigieburn area have been put on notice, with police charging 18 people as part of an ongoing operation in the area.

In support of Operation Achilles, the state-wide police response to hoon driving incidents, Craigieburn police have again this week ramped up their efforts to focus on dangerous dirt bike riders.

Just this week, police have arrested six offenders and issued a total of 37 fines. This includes:

• 7 x fail to obey red lights

• 5 x use mobile phone while driving

• 4 x speeding offences

• 4 x disobey signs/signals

• 2 x unregistered vehicles

• 2 x unlicensed drivers

• 2 x learner driver licence offences

• 1 x unroadworthy vehicle

• 1 x seatbelt offences

Other offences police were able to detect as part of the operation included trafficking drug of dependence, possession drug of dependence, obtain property by deception and theft.

The operation is regularly run by Craigieburn police, and since the start of the year a total of 18 people have been charged and 65 fines have been issued.

In January, police impounded six motorcycles involved in the illegal activity in the area.

Anyone with information about illegal activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. In an emergency, always call Triple Zero (000).

Quotes attributable to Acting Senior Sergeant Emma Kerry:

“The community is rightly sick of this irresponsible behaviour, they are sick of the danger it creates, they are sick of the noise, they are sick of the damage it causes to their local streets and neighbourhoods.”

“The combination of erratic driving, speeding and distraction all while riding dirt bikes that are not in a condition to be on our roads poses so many risks to those involved in this activity and the broader community.”

“Craigieburn police will continue to provide a highly visible presence in the known areas of this activity, and we will regularly run operations to keep our community safe from this behaviour.

“The information we receive from the community on this type of offending is invaluable, so we encourage anyone with information to report this to Crime Stoppers.”

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