Dirt bike riders plead guilty to driving in restricted area
Simcoe courthouse. (FILE PHOTO)
Two motocross riders had a hard landing in the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe last week.
David Cox, of Brantford, and Brian Tomasin, of Stoney Creek, pleaded guilty last Thursday to unlawfully operating an off-road vehicle in a conservation reserve. They were each fined $1,250.
A Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer received a tip March 26 that dirt bikes were operating in a restricted part of the St. Williams Conservation Reserve.
Upon further investigation, the conservation officer determined that Cox and Tomasin had gained access to a restricted area of sand dunes through a trail that was designed for pedestrian access.
An MNR press release this week said Cox and Tomasin were riding their dirt bikes in an area that is home to several species-at-risk, including a nationally-important population of Eastern hog-nosed snakes.
Cox and Tomasin were also fined $500 each for operating their dirt bikes without licence plates and without insurance.
Presiding over the proceedings in Simcoe was Justice of the Peace Richard Kivell.