Trail bike rider speeds on path

A MOTORCYCLIST caught speeding along a Maryborough nature strip on a Sunday afternoon has been fined $700.

A speed camera captured Damien Paul Burton riding a motorbike on the Walker Street path at 3.20pm on December 27.

He was doing 73kmh.

The speed limit – on the adjacent road – was 60kmh.

Burton was pulled over by a police officer and checks proved he was unlicensed to drive a motorbike and the trail bike he was riding was unregistered and uninsured.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty in the Maryborough Magistrates Court to speeding, driving on a nature strip, driving unlicensed and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

After reviewing Burton’s traffic history, Magistrate Neil Lavaring said Burton was “a bit of a hoon about five years ago”.

Burton said he had grown out of that stage; he then explained how he’d driven along the footpath before moving on to the gutter in case there were people on the path. He said his friend had been riding the motorbike first but Burton took over because the friend ran into a tree.

Mr Lavaring fined Burton but did not disqualify his licence.



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