Dirt bike, motor scooter complaints rise again as the weather warms

It’s not just in Boston where complaints about dirt bikes and scooters are increasing as the weather warms.

A group of police chiefs from communities north of the city say they are starting to receive complaints from children and young adults riding bicycles, motorcycles, dirt bikes and motor scooters in dangerous and erratic ways on public roads.

Police chiefs recently released an open letter to parents, urging them to speak with their children about “their behavior and point out the recklessness of their actions and the potential legal consequences – and life-threatening ones.”

“Their behavior is not only illegal, it is reckless and dangerous to themselves and others,” the police chiefs wrote. “Unfortunately, it’s only a matter of time before one of these runners is seriously injured or killed – or kills or seriously injures another.”

Police chiefs come from Lynn, Salem, Beverly, Peabody, Danvers, Swampscott and Marblehead. Police departments are working together to educate, engage and stop bad behavior on bikes, they said.

They receive complaints from operators of dirt bikes and scooters in groups, rushing in and out of traffic, rolling on sidewalks and taunting drivers, pedestrians and police.

“Motorcycle and scooter riders rev their engines to deliberately create loud noise, which disturbs the tranquility of our residents, especially the elderly, those recovering from illness or injury and people sensitive to loud noises,” the police chiefs wrote.

“As law enforcement officials, we will continue to do everything we can to prevent this type of behavior and keep our streets and residents safe,” they added. “If caught, the offender will be held accountable for their actions – a possible summons or arrest and potential criminal record and loss of their scooter or motorbike will be the better outcome than being notified that none of us does not want to do, or to receive you.”

Taunton Police also reported they were receiving an increase in reports of children using ATVs and bicycles erratically on public roads.

‘Taunton Police would like to remind members of the community that those who operate in any dangerous prohibited operation that does not comply with the rules of the road will be cited by the department,’ police said, adding: ‘Penalties for violating these orders include a fine of $300, where applicable, with each day constituting a separate offence”.

The police department may also confiscate any recreational vehicle found in violation of the city ordinance, especially if the operator is obstructing traffic and threatening public safety.

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