Rough days continue for Philly's rough riders

Posted: September 26, 2012

THE CRACKDOWN on illegal ATV and dirt-bike usage continued in Philly this weekend, with more than two dozen vehicles taken off the streets.

Philadelphia police said a weekend operation involving three police districts in areas of Kensington, Hunting Park, Juniata Park, and Port Richmond resulted in 15 ATVs and 10 dirt bikes being confiscated. According to the Police Department's public-affairs unit, 11 of those resulted from police stopping the drivers while they were using the vehicles.

The 25th Police District, which includes Juniata Park, Feltonville, and Hunting Park, saw 15 vehicles taken off the street as a result of the department's recent initiative.

The Daily News delved into the growing issue of illegal dirt-bike and ATV riding in May. Many who ride claim it keeps them out of trouble, but police and the vast majority of city residents see the riding as both a nuisance and a life-threatening danger. Since then, Council has proposed hearings on the problem and police have stepped up efforts to curtail the riding on city streets.


Contact Jason Nark at narkj@phillynews.com or 215-854-5916.

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