Hundreds on dirt bikes, ATVs disrupt South Florida traffic

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

3 arrests, 1 crash as ATVs take over Miami roads.

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Highway Patrol officials are reporting three arrests and one minor crash after hundreds of people riding dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles disrupted rush-hour traffic across South Florida. South Florida has had its share of rush-hour drama — a baby needing CPR, a man threatening to jump off an overpass and a man shooting several people on Florida’s Turnpike.(WTVJ/NBC) A rogue group of motorcycle and ATV riders sped through the streets of Miami on Monday night, doing dangerous tricks and scaring other drivers. The Miami Herald ( ) reports the riders sped across Miami-Dade and Broward counties Monday afternoon along Interstate 95, U.S. 441, Northwest 7th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. While law enforcement officers are aware of the situation a Highway patrol spokesperson said they have tried to do traffic stops but some of the bikers pull off.

Troopers can’t case after them because it’s against department policy to give chase for a traffic violation and they fear pursuing would endanger more lives. Police told Telemundo 51 that the group was trying to provoke authorities to chase them, but officers would not do that. “There was so many bikes and we can’t just chase them all. We’re not going to put our lives, their lives, and the lives of the public in danger,” said Trooper Joe Sanchez. “We take into consideration the lives of people. Joseph Gebara was heading north on US 441 at about 5:15 p.m when “like everyone else I heard a rumbling and there went at least 60-70 bikes in an out of traffic, popping wheelies.” Police agencies were left baffled — unsure why the bikers were out there. So we set back to monitor the situation and that was the right decision for us to take.” Participants come from all over the country for Bike Life Miami.

We have no idea who they are, we have no idea where all of these people came from, we don’t know where it initiated from.” Sanchez said reports began coming about the ragtag group just after the Martin Luther King Jr. parade Monday morning that ran along Northwest 54th Street in Miami. We do have a plan of action that is followed for each event that is held in the City of Miami and an after action report that is reviewed the commander of the event (sic). I am sure there will be contingency plans added to future plans of action in the event that we have this type of incident arise during one of our future events.” Another hashtag, #JusticeForRell, references the unsolved murder of a popular dirt biker Kyrell “Dirt Bike Rell” Tyler of Philadelphia. “We chose that one because a lot of people look at us and think we’re violent people because we’re riding kind of rough on the street,” he said. “But this is nonviolent between all of us.

That’s our new movement, just as MLK marched in the 1960s.” Baltimore filmmaker Kerry Jones, who goes by “Shadyflic” online, said she’s been documenting bike culture for years. Jones said leaders from cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York had been planning this ride for months through social media networks, communicating via Instagram with members of Miami Bikelife, a loosely organized local collective. In the late afternoon, television helicopters captured images of several riders passing through Miami streets toward downtown — some riding on sidewalks, into oncoming traffic and around cars.

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