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Mayoral candidate Eric Adams on Wednesday called on the city and state to crack down on unsafe, noisy dirt bikes — claiming their increased use on New York streets is emblematic of recent “disorder” and “lawlessness.”
“You should not be driving down Fifth Avenue popping wheelies on three-wheelers,” Adams, the Brooklyn Borough president and a retired cop, said at a press conference in Inwood, where politicians and residents have said illegal biking and drag racing is rampant.
“We need to hold these drivers accountable. We need to toughen the laws to ensure that we … live in a safe city.”
To that end, Adams said the city should more effectively use speed cameras and the NYPD to catch people speeding on dirt bikes on city streets, and that Albany should pass a law requiring ATV dealers to ask potential buyers to show proof of insurance and vehicle registration documents before they buy the nuisance-causing bikes.
The top-tier mayoral candidate also called on the state to pass legislation proposed in 2020 allowing the city to operate speed cameras in areas with high levels of street racing and dirt bike use.
The proposals come as the Big Apple has seen a 15 percent increase in complaints about dirt bikes and ATVs, according to police data. As of mid-March, police had issued 10 ATV-related summonses in 2021 — a decrease compared to 2020, The Post reported in April.
In response to resident complaints, the NYPD has launched a program that gives $100 rewards to tipsters who lead police to seizures of the menacing dirt bikes and ATVs.
Adams, a former NYPD captain, said the perceived uptick in various illegal, loud vehicles is a “signal” to residents that the “city is overrun by lawlessness.”
“Our city must be safe from gun violence [and] traffic violence,” the borough president said Wednesday.
“It’s a quality of life crisis. This is about an overall decline in public safety.”
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