Philly Police Seize 53 ATVs, Dirt Bikes in Citywide Crackdown - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Philly Police Seize 53 ATVs, Dirt Bikes in Citywide Crackdown

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    ATV Dirt Bike Crackdown in Philly

    More than 50 dirt bikes and ATVs are in a Philadelphia Police impound lot after officers all over the city cracked down on illegal dirt bike riding. (Published Sunday, March 13, 2016)

    More than 50 dirt bikes and ATVs are now in the Philadelphia Police impound lot after a citywide crackdown Sunday.

    Police announced they seized 53 vehicles Sunday, two of which were allegedly stolen. They also announced one man from Camden, New Jersey was arrested during the crackdown and charged with felony fleeing.

    “We have people who die from these every year and it’s very dangerous for people walking on the sidewalks when they come ripping up and people have to dive out of the way,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Dennis Wilson. “That actually happened today around Levick and the Boulevard. That’s part of the reason that guy was arrested.”

    Despite being illegal on city streets, dirt bike riding and ATV riding are popular activities in Philadelphia, especially during the spring and summer months. During Sunday’s press conference, police said they wanted to conduct the crackdown earlier this year ahead of the warmer weather.