BRONX, New York (WABC) — The NYPD cracks down on illegal ATVs and dirt bikes in New York City.
The NYPD had bicycles removed from every neighborhood, but most were in the Bronx, where officers seized a large number of ATVs and dirt bikes and even recovered a weapon.
Since last Sunday, officers have seized about 400 bicycles. According to the police, most are unregistered and not properly insured.
They try to stop the illegal rides from roaring through the streets. The crackdown is timed for weekend riders.
The seizures are part of the ongoing efforts of Chief of Patrol Jeffrey Maddrey.
“We’ve had bikes removed from every neighborhood, but that really showed here in the Bronx, where we took 150 to 160 bikes, way more than the other boroughs,” said Jeffrey Maddrey, chief of the NYPD patrol.
The NYPD tweeted a video of hundreds of bicycles in the 52nd district.
Officers say there is a 15-day period for riders to get permits and pick up their bikes and if they don’t, the bikes will be crushed.
“I’ve told people who ride these bikes, if you don’t ride them, we won’t take them,” Maddrey said. “But they haven’t heard of that truce and they’re continuing to drive, so they’ll keep going.”
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