Illegal ATV enthusiasts are also said to be wreaking havoc in Fairmount Park. Parks chief Michael DiBerardinis says the vehicles destroy trails and greenery, in addition to breaking the calm for all park visitors.
As for the bravado of all the ATV riders who contend they harm no one, their hobby on too many occasions has proven deadly to their group.
Fatal ATV crashes in recent years have involved cars, trucks, and other obstacles.
The good detective work, including undercover tracking of ATVs, that led to the police seizures sidelined a mere fraction of the rolling stock.
So it's encouraging to hear that police will target other illegal riders. Prior to the Aug. 5 sweep, police seized 20 vehicles in November, which were later auctioned. It's clear that regular stings are needed
The ATV confiscation campaign by police has to cheer residents of Kensington and other neighborhoods plagued by the hazards, noise, and fumes from the vehicles.
It's also a signal to residents that, more than ever, it's time for them to partner with police in tracking down illegal riders.
As Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has noted, residents are the first to know when the loud ATVs hit the streets. Their tips to police could prove invaluable, especially now that they know officers will respond.