LABUAN: Police have detained 31 youngsters, mostly schoolgoing children, in an operation codenamed Ops Basikal Lajak.
They were between 10 and 17 years old, Labuan police chief Supt Muhamad Farid Ahmad said.
The two-hour operation in Jalan Pohon Batu Pancur Hitam, Kampung Pohon Batu began from around 11am till 12.20pm on Saturday.
He said police inspected all the bicycles which had been modified and issued 31 summonses.
Modified frames, spruced-up handle bars, lowered front forks and safety brakes removed were some of the modifications done on bicycles used by the youngsters.
“If the basikal lajak activities are left unchecked, the teenagers will move on to more dangerous illegal racing,” he said.
Farid said all the offenders were taken to the police station for questioning.
“We summoned their parents and reminded them to monitor their children as such illegal activity posed a risk to them and other motorists,” he said.
All of them were released the same day. — Bernama