New York City Mayor destroys dozens of ATVs, everything from dirt bikes to mopeds and four-wheelers were crushed by a Bulldozer, yet cars on the roadway continue to kill more people.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams went to social media to give a message to his Citizens who own and operate illegal vehicles.
"You want to terrorize our neighborhoods?" the mayor's office tweeted. "You'll get crushed."
Read the tweet below.
Adams also expressed his anger and frustrations that he shares with his citizens of hearing the illegal drivers although the city during the day and into the night.
“We see them all the time and we hear them at all times at night,” the mayor said. “We see the large numbers that are moving throughout our streets, and we want to be clear that this is not acceptable.”
In an effort to clean up the streets of New York City, the Mayor held a press conference on June 21, 2022, at a Brooklyn auto pound. The conference was to discuss the efforts between the mayor's office and NYPD to clean the Streets of New York city of these illegal ATVs.
Moments after the press conference, the Mayor had a Bulldozer cream over a dozen dirt bikes, mopeds and ATVs. All of the vehicles seen in the video below had previously been confiscated and by law enforcement.
"Today, as we stand in the shadow of the Freedom Tower, we are freeing ourselves from these destructive pieces of machinery," said Adams during the press conference. "They will be crushed today so that they can never terrorize our city again. Each and every one of them, they will be turned into scrap metal and eventually recycled."
Read the Tweet below.
In order to put a curb in this problem, the mayor plans to go up the chain to the state legislature for help. Adam wants more stricter polices in place when people purchase these ATVs, this policy will require buyers to provide insurance and registration information before leaving the lot.
"Many of these bikes don't have insurance. If they strike someone, the person is left with medical costs and other out of pocket expenses," Adams said.
We do agree with New Yorkers on the fact that types of illegal machines are a nuisance, I mean let's face the fact that these types of vehicles are noisy and often are driven by punks who take them in places they really shouldn't be, like through parks, on sidewalks, in bike lanes and some attend to run from the Police when they have broken a traffic violation. It is safe to say that many just don't have a good reputation.
Mayor Eric Adams is not going to rest he says until all illegal bikes are off the road leaving New York’s StreetsBlog unimpressed with his efforts.
The Media company pointes out the fact that motor vehicles such as cars kill and injure more people and destroy a lot more property than any ATV vehicle, yet those drivers usually drive or walk away with a warning or a speeding ticket.
Now, look, of course, we agree that recklessly operated illegal mopeds and four-wheelers are annoying and dangerous, but statistics consistently show that recklessly operated cars are a much greater hazard to city residents. Yet hundreds of drivers have been slapped with dozens of camera-issued speeding tickets this year — yet they keep driving as long as they keep paying the $50 tickets.
And that’s why Cuba was on hand at the mayor’s crush party — to ask Hizzoner about what he’s doing about reckless drivers, one day after a reckless cab driver struck a cyclist and then mowed down multiple people on a Broadway sidewalk.
Like us, multiple outlets followed up on Monday’s crash, though most outlets’ coverage were deeply unsatisfying. We focused on how the mayor refused to turn tragedy into an opportunity and fully pedestrianize Broadway (though he told Cuba he’ll consider it). The Daily News focused on earlier comments from DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez about how drivers should slow down, yet did not update its story with the mayor’s comments (neither did amNY, though Kevin Duggan’s second-day story was much deeper than other papers’).
The Post (for some reason) highlighted what we knew two days ago (that the cab in the crash had multiple camera-issued tickets for reckless driving).
StreetBlogs makes a very interesting and good point, even though these dozen or so dirt bikes, mopeds, four-wheelers and other illegal vehicles are destroyed and can no longer by driven on the public roadway, we still have vehicle deaths climbing in the U.S. Through April 2022, motor-vehicle deaths decreased by more than 10% in 11 states and the District of Columbia compared to the first four months of 2021, this is according to injuryfacts .
Authorities have seized roughly 2,000 illegal dirt bikes, mopeds, four-wheelers and other illegal ATVS from non-law-abiding citizens of New York since January of this year, according to NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell. The number of bikes seized this year is an 80% increase from the number of ATVs removed from New York city streets in 2021.
Watch the video of the Bulldozer crushing the illegal motorbikes below.
What do you think of this story? Did the Mayor do something beneficial for his city, or is this nothing more than a satisfying video to watch? I personally think the mayor should have auctioned these vehicles off, this could of benefited the tax payers. That is just my opinion though.
Source: Streetsblog New York City
This article was first on Gear Head on June 24, 2022.