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Calls are growing higher to increase fines for illegal dirt bikes, ATVs in New York City

Calls are growing higher to increase fines for illegal dirt bikes, ATVs in New York City

NEW YORK (WABC) – Calls are growing to increase fines for illegal dirt bikes on the streets of New York City.

Mayor Bill de Blasio will join members of the NYPD and the Department of Sanitation to deliver remarks and smash illegal dirt bikes and ATVs on Staten Island Thursday afternoon.

Officials say eight people died in incidents on off-road bikes or off-road vehicles in the first quarter of this year, and at least 350 were injured in the same period.

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In recent months, 23 members of the New York City Council have said they want the mayor to sign an ordinance raising penalties for offenders.

They also want stricter enforcement of the rules against dirt bikes and ATVs.

“(We) urge you, as an exercise of executive power, to increase the maximum fines for illegal use of ATVs and street racing and to revise NYPD enforcement strategies so that they are more effective in mitigating this crisis,” the council said. the members in a letter.

The proposed law is being named after a 4-year-old boy in Queens who was hit and left in critical condition earlier this summer by a hit-and-run cyclist.

Jonathan’s law would increase the fines by 50% to $ 750 for a first offense and $ 1,500 for all additional offenses.

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