Detroit Police cracking down on illegal ATV riding inside city limits

Posted at 5:01 AM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 12:21:46-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Police are cracking down on people driving ATVs illegally inside city limits.

Overnight, police busted people riding the off-road vehicles on city streets in a surveillance set up.

According to officers, Harper Avenue is a hot spot for illegal ATV drivers. After multiple complaints, they decided to set up surveillance – leading to last night's bust.

Once surveillance was set up, we're told they spotted people driving the ATVs and waited until they were off them to seize the bikes. At least one person was arrested.

Detroit police tells 7 Action News that they've had multiple injuries, even deaths from illegal ATV riding. Not to mention complaints from people living in hot spots where this is happening.

So police put together a task force.

"The message is if you want to do it, the Detroit police department is going to take swift enforcement action, and it varies between the impound fees and the tickets and the ordnance violations that you’ll incur," said DPD Commander Darin Szilegy. "Its just not worth it."

Police are urging people to use ATVs in public spaces and not on city streets.