Dozens of ATVs and dirt bikes have been caught on camera racing down busy streets in Hartford and neighbors in the South End are fed up.
Some residents started recording a group of riders racing down New Britain Avenue in Hartford this weekend to show the extent of the dangers and the group can be seen weaving through traffic at the White Street Triangle.
“Someone's going to get killed,” Mike Fenalson said.
Riders had even posted their own YouTube videos of the illegal and dangerous ventures through the South End neighborhoods.
Riders speed through residential areas, veer into lanes of oncoming traffic and ride on their back wheels.
“They have no respect for the road or the neighbors,” Fenalson said.
He lives on White Street and says that the group has been riding through here all summer.
The noise continually keeps him up at night and he wants police to step in.
“When I do go to bed, you can't. There are seven or eight of them and they’re racing up and down the road,” Fenalson added.
Hartford Police said they have been keeping an eye out for the riders in the area but admitted the group was tough to catch because it was illegal for law enforcement to chase them.
“It's a problem. We're handcuffed in how we can attack it,” Hartford Police Lieutenant Brian Foley said.
So detectives started to turn to Facebook. They said the rides often get planned through the social media website.
After scouring some posts about an event this past weekend, authorities showed up and made a few arrests.
“We're doing our best to address it within the means that we're allowed to,” Lt. Foley said.
Police said they would continue to use creative ways to crack down on the risky rides through town to make the streets safe and get rid of the nuisance for neighbors.
Police also said they are working with the mayor and city council to change the laws, making it easier to confiscate ATVs and dirt bikes if they see riders at stop lights or pulled over at gas stations.