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NYPD takes 175 illegal motorbikes off the road

Cops swept up 175 dirt bikes and ATVs off Big Apple streets over the weekend, arresting dozens of riders and writing hundreds of summonses, police said.

“ATV’s & dirt bikes are illegal & dangerous to use in NYC,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted Monday. “Use it & lose it.”

Shea announced in the tweet that 175 ATVs and dirt bikes were seized on July 24 and 25.

Cops also arrested 30 riders and wrote summonses for 374 operators, according to police. 

Since April 20, 651 ATVs and dirt bikes have been taken away from their owners, police said.

They were, however, unable to provide comparable data for prior years.

The NYPD’s top cop had a stern warning for riders of dirt bikes and ATV’s on Twitter Monday: If you ride it on the road, cops will take it away.
Dermot Shea had a stern warning for riders of dirt bikes and ATV’s.Getty;NYPD

The crackdown comes in the wake of a hit-and-run that left a 4-year-old boy critically injured when a rider on a gas-powered “scooter” slammed into him in a Queens park last week.

“No parent should have to endure such a senseless act,” Kim Royster, the NYPD’s chief of transportation, said at the time.

Dermot Shea
Dermot Shea said 175 ATVs and dirt bikes were taken on July 24 and 25.
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A Trinitarios gangbanger was charged and admitted to mowing down the kid with his scooter.

The suspect was initially believed to have been driving an illegal motorbike at the time.

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