New York City Officials Attempt to Crack Down on Illegal Dirt Bike Riding with Jonathan’s Law
NEW YORK – According to an online news report on fox5ny.com, local lawmakers are trying to stop illegal dirt bike riding on New York City streets. The lawmakers are pressuring Mayor Bill de Blasio to do more by signing new legislation that increases the city’s monetary fines of riding dirt bikes and ATVs. The new law would also increase the number of law enforcement officers on patrol looking for violators.
The issue of people illegally riding ATVs and dirt bikes in the city has become an issue all throughout New York City, especially in Upper Manhattan. In March 2020, ATVs and dirt bikes exploded in popularity, while most other motor vehicles stayed off the city streets because of the pandemic.
The new legislation is called Jonathan’s Law and was named after a four-year-old Queens boy who was critically injured after he was hit by a hit-and-run dirt bike rider in Corona Flushing Meadows Park last month. The hit-and-run dirt bike rider was later arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury, second-degree assault, operating an unregistered motorcycle without a license, and several other criminal offenses.
Jonathan’s Law increases the legal fines to $750 for the first offense and $1,500 for all subsequent offenses. New York City Council members are urging Mayor de Blasio to act fast and to sign the bill into law. It is believed that the law would make the NYPD “more effective in quelling this crisis.”
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