27 Jan 2017

Teen fined $750 for Kaimai luge ride

4:00 pm on 27 January 2017

A teenager filmed riding a luge down the Kaimai Ranges has been fined $750.

Kaimai Luge rider - Travis Scott

A video posted online showed Travis Scott travelling down the Kaimai Ranges. Photo: Screenshot / Youtube

The video was posted on Tuesday by Tauranga 18-year-old Travis Scott after he had gone down the dangerous stretch of road as a dare.

Police said at the time it was not illegal to ride the small luge-like vehicle on the road but they would be following up with him.

They said they had since interviewed him and he had been fined for operating a vehicle in a manner likely to cause injury, and for driving on the wrong side of no-passing lines.

Senior Sergeant Ian Campion said the ride could easily have ended in tragedy and it was a reminder that all road users needed to act responsibly.

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