An aggressive crackdown on illegal all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes by Philadelphia police means there’s a bit more peace and quiet in several inner-city neighborhoods.
Police recently seized 37 ATVs and dirt bikes across a swath of North Philadelphia and in the Cobbs Creek area of West Philadelphia. The Police Department’s promise of a proactive push to rid city streets and parks of more illegal riders is welcome.
At stake is the safety of motorists and pedestrians, who often have to dodge off-road vehicles driven recklessly on roads and even on sidewalks. Illegal ATV enthusiasts are also said to be wreaking havoc in Fairmount Park. Parks chief Michael DiBerardinis says the vehicles destroy trails and greenery, in addition to breaking the calm for all park visitors.
As for the bravado of all the ATV riders who contend they harm no one, their hobby on too many occasions has proven deadly to their group. Fatal ATV crashes in recent years have involved cars, trucks, and other obstacles.