Senior constables Adam Lenehan and Mick Pearce on patrol
Senior constables Adam Lenehan and Mick Pearce on patrol

Bike blitz snares 250

By JANN BURMESTER

Byron Bay police are continuing their blitz on cyclists riding without helmets.

They say if you ride a bike without wearing a helmet then chances are you will be caught and fined.

Since the operation started on November 7, police have issued 225 infringement notices, with 56 people being fined in just one day alone.

The crackdown will continue throughout the summer months.

"We have two police officers on bikes who are presently patrolling the streets and if you are not wearing a helmet then you will be fined," Inspector Owen King said.

Warned

"It is in everyone's best interests to wear a helmet."

The fine is $50 and even more if a rider is caught riding without a helmet on a footpath in the CBD.

Police said bike riders had been warned repeatedly in the last year or two that they had to wear safety helmets.

The time for issuing a warning only had passed, they said, and on-the-spot tickets were being issued.

Meanwhile additional police will be stationed in Byron Bay during the Christmas-New Year holiday period and will be targeting anti-social and drunken behaviour.

"Operation Viking will be in force and we will have police on foot in the CBD," Inspector King said.

"There will be a high visibility of police during this busy tourist period."


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