Atlanta Police Department and Georgia State Patrol conduct joint detail on illegal dirt bike activity
The Atlanta Police Department is stepping up regulation of the illegal use of ATVs and dirt bikes on city streets, according to an APD press release. On July 8, the APD teamed up with the Georgia State Patrol to conduct a joint detail on the issue, which has been ongoing for years.
Dirt bike and ATV activity, which spikes during summer months, can create dangerous road situations, with the bikes “zipping and zooming” down Atlanta streets, according to a CBS article. While some riders say the activity keeps them away from drugs and gangs, residents have expressed concern over the threat dirt bikes and ATVs pose.
During the police detail, officers conducted 29 traffic stops leading to 11 arrests, 6 firearms recovered, 10 off-road vehicles and four passenger vehicles impounded and 11 citations issued, the release said.
Additionally, two of the firearms were determined to be stolen, and three of the suspects in possession of firearms were determined to be convicted felons.
“We know there will be more work needed, and we remain committed to our efforts at curbing this illegal and dangerous activity,” the release said.