Breaking the law means you are not insured in event of accident

Editor – Further to Mr Clark’s letter (Rasen Mail, March 23 2011) I have no objection to off-road bikes when they are in areas where they are meant to be, such as the moto-cross at Thoresway, but they do cause problems when they are on public bridleways.

Besides the amount of damage they do, some of them go past you very fast, and to go around you at times they go through the farmer’s crop.

When you tell them that they’re not meant to be on the bridleways, all that happens is that they laugh at you and basically tell you to clear off.

If you’re not careful you get covered in mud as they spin their back wheels. I have noticed that they have now taken to removing their number plates so that they cannot be reported.

The only consolation is that they are not the only group abusing the countryside.

There are also the mountain bikers and horse riders who go down public footpaths who also have the same attitude.

There are even signs of an off-road bike going down the footpath at the bottom of Navigation Lane in Caistor.

The annoying thing is that all these groups know they are breaking the law and are not insured for what they do.

If any of these offending groups has an accident, there are going to be some serious implications. In a worst-case scenario, if they hit a child and give them brain damage so they need looking after for the rest of their life, how many people of the offending groups will have a spare £8 million in their bank account to cover all the costs.

For starters, I don’t think any of them have the funds to cover the rescue costs, let alone the legal costs and compensation payment. So it will be the law-abiding tax-payer who will have to fund this and the time they have to spend in prison.

Will it really take an accident for people to see sense, or is it that accidents always happen to someone else?

A concerned Caistor resident

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