Cops cracking down on bikers - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Cops cracking down on bikers

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

With the weather getting nicer and more people out on the streets this weekend, the NYPD conducted a crack down on illegal and unlicensed bikers. However, legal motorcycle riders are hoping they're not stigmatized in the process.

There are many videos posted on line showing bikers in close calls with pedestrians and cars on crowded city streets. The NYPD wants it to stop and says special patrols in Harlem and Washington Heights this weekend resulted in 3 arrests and the confiscation of 8 dirt bikes and 4 wheelers called quads. Weary residents says it’s time for the stunts to stop.

“I am very concerned because I cross the street with my son everyday and they never look,” said one resident.

The NYPD does not pursue illegal bikers, because they say it's too dangerous. But they did chase one of the men on foot, cuffing him near West 138th street and Broadway.

Two of the men arrested are in their 20s; the third is a sanitation worker in his 40s.

Legal bikers like Jermaul Holloman of the Brooklyn Alliance of Abate, a biker education group, says not all bikers are outlaws.

“I think the crackdown might be needed for some,” Holloman said. “But it’s about not targeting everyone because not everyone is out there acting crazy driving in the street; most of them are law abiding citizens.”

Some of those arrested in last fall's Range Rover road rage incident in Manhattan are still going through the court system. At the same time, the illegal bikes and quads are becoming more popular and the unlicensed riders bolder in taunting police. A police officer was seriously injured in Brooklyn recently when the ATV driver he stopped dragged him and ran over his leg in a wild getaway.

Police routinely confiscate illegal bikes, but it’s clear this weekend they wanted to send a message at the start of a new season.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Bed bug infestation at money firm PIMCO, report says

    Bed bug infestation at money firm PIMCO, report says

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:55:02 GMT
    A big money management firm in New York City has been hit with a major infestation of bed bugs, according to Fox Business Network. Stock traders who do business with Pacific Investment Management Co., better known as PIMCO, told Fox Business' Charles Gasparino that hundreds of people have been relocated from one of the firm's buildings in New York City to an undisclosed upstate location after reports of widespread bed bug bites among executives and employees.
    A big money management firm in New York City has been hit with a major infestation of bed bugs, according to Fox Business Network. Stock traders who do business with Pacific Investment Management Co., better known as PIMCO, told Fox Business' Charles Gasparino that hundreds of people have been relocated from one of the firm's buildings in New York City to an undisclosed upstate location after reports of widespread bed bug bites among executives and employees.
  • Five Guys offers bacon milkshakes

    Five Guys offers bacon milkshakes

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:47:08 GMT
    Burger chain Five Guys is testing the adage that everything tastes better with bacon. It is rolling out a customizable milkshake program and along with bananas, peanut butter, Oreo cookies, salted caramel, you can chose bacon.  Yes that's right: a bacon milkshake.
    Burger chain Five Guys is testing the adage that everything tastes better with bacon. It is rolling out a customizable milkshake program and along with bananas, peanut butter, Oreo cookies, salted caramel, you can chose bacon.  Yes that's right: a bacon milkshake.
  • Cardinal, leaders meet about NYPD-community relations

    Cardinal, leaders meet about NYPD-community relations

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:43:05 GMT
    Timothy Cardinal Dolan gathered religious and city leaders with the focus of how to ease tensions between police and the community in advance of this Saturday's march to protest the death of Eric Garner. Some of the leaders in this group are rarely photographed together, let alone seated at the same table. But they were brought together over concerns about possible protest violence by the cardinal, one of the most powerful figures in the city and who commands respect across the board.
    Timothy Cardinal Dolan gathered religious and city leaders with the focus of how to ease tensions between police and the community in advance of this Saturday's march to protest the death of Eric Garner. Some of the leaders in this group are rarely photographed together, let alone seated at the same table. But they were brought together over concerns about possible protest violence by the cardinal, one of the most powerful figures in the city and who commands respect across the board.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices