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Fine for teenage joy rider

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/01/2017 Sean Martin

The Tauranga teenager who posted a video of himself hurtling on a luge down State Highway 29 in the Kaimai Ranges has $750 worth of infringement notices to pay.

The video posted by 18-year-old Travis Scott on Facebook this week with the comment "100 likes and I'll do Bombay nek week" has attracted 13,000 likes but police have condemned the ride.

On Friday, Senior Sergeant Ian Campion said the teenager, whom police did not name, had been interviewed and issued with notices for operating a vehicle in a manner likely to cause injury, which carries a penalty of $600, and driving on the wrong side of no passing lines, which has a penalty of $150.

The case was a reminder that all road users needed to act responsibly and take due care to ensure their own and others' safety, Sen Sgt Campion said.

"This incident could so easily have ended in tragedy and we are pleased that no one was hurt," he said.

The teenager hasn't posted since January 25 but has told media the ride was a bit of fun.

While luges are allowed to be used on roads police strongly advise against it. Riders have to obey road rules like any other road users.

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