ATV, dirt bike crackdown nabs dozens of riders, vehicles

PHILADELPHIA — ATVs and dirt bikes are illegal in Philadelphia, and police are taking action against people riding them during warmer weather or with more free time due to the Coronavirus.

On Friday, May 15, and Saturday May 16, the Philadelphia Police Department stopped riders all over the city and seized their vehicles.

Police say they brought in 63 all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, issued 60 code violations, and arrested three people. The arrests were for theft, unauthorized use of auto, and fleeing police.

“The operation of ATVs and dirt bikes on our streets is illegal, and poses a great danger to motorists, pedestrians, and even the riders. It also creates a nuisance for our communities,” Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. “As this initiative evidences, we are committed to proactively disrupting this activity on an ongoing basis.”

Police are encouraging anyone who sees ATVs and dirt bikes being driven on city streets, or knows about a planned group activity, to contact police anonymously through their Tip Line.

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