Astoria Residents Sick And Tired Of Illegal ATVs, Dirt Bikes Taking Over Local Park
April 30, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The NYPD is limited on what they can do to stop those driving off-road machines on roadways and sidewalks.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New Yorkers say they’re sick and tired of seeing ATVs and dirt bikes on city streets.
It’s just dangerous for everyone,” Cristina Guarino told CBS2’s Cory James.
A few concerned pedestrians nearby had called the police because they were getting really aggressive,” she said.
“I saw an elderly woman get run over by an ATV, actually, and the guy just sped off and a whole crowd of people waited until an ambulance came,” he said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio was questioned about these dangerous joyrides plaguing parts of New York City on Friday. READ MORE: NYPD Searching For Hit-And-Run Driver Who Ran Over Woman In East New York“I’m really concerned about this, and I have gotten regular reports about this problem,” he said.
“I hope that something is done about it because I’ve heard stories of people moving out of the neighborhood because the issue has gotten so bad … and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about doing the same thing,” Guarino said.
In recent weeks, the NYPD says it has taken dozens of ATVs and dirt bikes off the streets.
Officers have even arrested riders as well. MORE NEWS: New York City Workers Cite COVID Concerns Ahead Of Rally To Postpone Monday's Scheduled Office ReturnPolice say if you see anyone operating the vehicles illegally, contact them immediately.