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Operation Dust: Alexandra Police target unlawful off-road motorcycle use

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Alexandra Police have stopped 14 individuals for unlawful off-road motorcycle use in the parks and reserves around the wider Alexandra area over the past eight months, under Operation Dust.

Operation Dust is a joint Police and Central Otago District Council (CODC) effort to tackle the issue of dirt-bike riders travelling through council land, river tracks or private farms without permission.

Police and CODC were alerted to the issue by concerned members of the public.

The riders stopped by Police were riding in forbidden areas without the appropriate license class, risking a $400 infringement or maximum $1000 fine.

Police and the CODC have installed signage in the areas where the unlawful motorcycle use has occurred and there are plans to install more.

Police want all holiday makers to have a safe and enjoyable stay in Central Otago over the break, and ask that you have prior permission before riding on Council land, river tracks or private farms.

Before you head out to ride your dirt-bike police ask you to think about the following:

  • Just because the land is vacant, does it mean you can ride here?
  • Have you asked or been given prior permission to ride on this land?
  • How are you going to transport your dirt-bike to and from the appropriate riding area?
  • If you are riding within an area that has public access, have you got the appropriate motorcycle license?

Image credit: Rodolfo Clix

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Source:NZ Police

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  1. Or- stealing via ‘forfeiture’ and then purchasing the same at Police Auctions…for…THEMSELVES!!!!!!!!!!!
    Dirt & Trail Motorcycles are a post-Apocalyptic way of going where no one can follow. Fast, easy to hide,
    & now there are electric versions that are quiet & emit no sound when moving. (The NZDF is testing those as well for recon and liaison duties…).
    Still, the Dirt Bikies should always ask before going onto private land, as do the hunters.
    A throttle-twisting mongrel is a nuisance, but in some countries, they actually get shot at for trespassing!

  2. There have been small pockets of land that have been used by dirtbike riders for decades,areas that no one else used ,but Council fascists have fenced them off created a walkway or picnic area that hardly anyone uses but now have to have constant maintenance.When i was young we never drove crazily in town we went to a reserve and did donuts etc on a peice of grass of about a hectare (except if the neighbouring farmer had cows on it ironically without permission)Now its fenced off and the council has to mow it every week


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