The minor offence that cost 'lonely' motorcyclist $674

Melissa Buttigieg
News Reporter

A Sydney motorcyclist was fined twice in 30 minutes for the same offence when he continued to ride without a legal helmet because he had “no friends” to pick him up.

The 24-year-old from the Lower North Shore in Sydney was pulled over about 9pm on Good Friday for a Random Breath Test on Burns Bay Road at Linley Point.

The 24-year-old Sydney motorcyclist was fined twice in 30 minutes for riding without a legal helmet. Source: NSW Police Force Traffic and Highway Patrol Command/Facebook

“An inspection of his helmet revealed the chin strap was only pushed up inside the padding and not secured,” the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command – NSW Police Force Facebook page said.

“One half of the locking clasp was missing rendering the helmet unwearable.”

During the double demerit Easter long weekend blitz, the Strathfield man was fined for not wearing a helmet securely, an offence costing $337 and six demerit points.

The bike helmet's chin strap was pushed up inside the padding and not secured, police said. Source: NSW Police Force Traffic and Highway Patrol Command/Facebook

With a bus stop just 30 metres away, the officer directed the young man not to ride the bike until he had a compliant helmet.

The rider said he would either walk home or call someone to get him, according to the highway cops.

But apparently he had no friends to call, because the same rider was spotted half an hour later, about 400 metres further down the road, on the same bike and wearing the same illegal helmet.

When police pulled the man over the second time, they found he had tied a knot in the strap to secure it to the other side.

The motorbike rider had tied a knot in the helmet strap to secure it to the other side. Source: NSW Police Force Traffic and Highway Patrol Command/Facebook

“When asked why he was riding again he said ‘I have no friends. I need to get to a bus stop’,” the police wrote.

The rider was issued a further penalty notice for not wearing a helmet securely. The combined penalty was $674 and 12 points.

It happened the same day “bewildered” police found a woman sleeping in the “boot of a car”, while the driver sped along the NSW South Coast at more than 60km/h over the limit.

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