WA Police are pleading for calm amid a concerning rise on social media of “disturbing” rhetoric targeted towards off-road motorcycle use in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Anti-social and unlawful use of motorbikes in the Goldfields city is currently a focus of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Police, who have confirmed many cases reported included teenagers, some of whom had children as young as five riding without protective gear along with them.
Kalgoorlie Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Jason Blaine urged parents and grandparents to take an active role in preventing a tragedy from occurring.
“This issue isn’t just about traffic laws being breached, and the anti-social behaviour that is being seen – it is about young people putting themselves and younger family members at risk of serious harm or death,” he said.
“Yes, we need to enforce the law, and those investigations will continue, but I need parents and grandparents to involve themselves more with their young family members and discourage them from engaging in this unlawful and incredibly dangerous activity.”
Sen. Sgt. Blaine said “inflammatory” social media posts were not helpful in efforts to curb the issue.
“I have seen some of the comments on social media and quite frankly they are disturbing and of great concern to Police,” he said.
“While those comments are being made by a few people, they are not helpful and I ask everyone to leave it to Police to investigate these offences, and to not take the law into their own hands.
“A lot of work has already been done, which has been achieved by working with the community and local council, and we ask that you continue to provide information to Police — but leave it to us to act on that information.”
Sen. Sgt. Blaine said service station owners should restrict fuel sales to people riding unregistered off-road motorcycles on local roads.
Community members have been asked to report unlawful motorbike movements to police.