PHILADELPHIA (TAUT) — Philadelphia police appear to be cracking down on illegal ATVs and dirt bikes on city streets. They intercepted a group of illegal runners on Ben Franklin Drive this weekend.
We hear them coming, their engines roaring in the distance. ATV and dirt bike riders use the streets of Philadelphia as their playground.
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Eyewitness News cameras recorded runners going through a red light on Ben Franklin Drive.
“The city needs to crack down on this, kind of a safe way to go,” one woman said.
On Sunday evening, police appeared to be doing just that as officers on bicycles, lights flashing, intercepted a group of cyclists.
“I mean, if they’re going with traffic and stuff, they’re just like any other vehicle to be feared, but it’s the amount of intensity they’re driving with that’s really sad,” said said Bradford Sodowick.
The crackdown comes after two people were killed in crashes involving illegal vehicles in the same week.
One ATV rider was hit while driving the wrong way, the other was a 17-year-old who was hit by a dirt bike rider back-wheeling at high speed.
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“It’s like when you jump on a bike, it’s like nothing else matters. It’s just freedom, that’s what we want,” said a cyclist named Blocka.
Blocka says he occasionally rides here in the city. He is against repression and says their options are limited.
“That’s all there is here, it’s blocks and streets and concrete, it’s not an outlet. Yes, we would use it,” Blocka said of a point. of sale.
Until then, as officers continue to track them, officials like State Rep. Amen Brown hope to use the power of state law to stop them. His proposal would allow the police to destroy them after confiscating them.
It’s something Reading officers are already doing.
“I think it’s definitely an issue that someone needs to address and look into. I don’t know how they will handle this. I don’t have all the answers,” said Terrance Perrin.
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It is not known if any vehicles were confiscated or citations were given to riders over the weekend. We expect an update from Rep. Brown this week.