The city of New Haven has come up with a new idea to keep dirt bikes off of city streets.
The Board of Alderman is thinking of allowing police officers to not only ticket riders, but to confiscate their bikes. Riders would then have to go before a judge and plead for the return of their dirt bikes.
The new thinking comes after videos posted to the website YouTube show a group coined the “New Haven Riders” performing dangerous tricks at high speeds on local streets.
“They don’t stop for anybody when they go up and down the street…they don’t even stop at the stop sign,” said Adeli Dearce. “They’ve actually had cars screech because they cut right in front of them.”
David MacQuarrie, owner of New Haven Power Sports, agrees that the bikes are causing safety problems on local streets but he believes another solution would be a better fix.
“That's just making it more expensive it's not deterring it. When kids spend $300 for sneakers they’ll pay $100 to pick up their bike,” claimed David MacQuarrie. “They need a place to ride,” MacQuarrie explained.