Pennsylvania State Rep. Amen Brown aims to end illegal dirt bike, ATV riding in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Pennsylvania State Representative Amen Brown wants to put a stop to illegal dirt bike and ATV riding on Philadelphia streets.

“They’re called dirt bikes for a reason, you ride them in the dirt,” said Brown who represents the 190th District.

A sea of ATVs and dirt bikes swarmed Philadelphia streets Friday night. Chopper 6 was overhead as they weaved in and out of traffic. Some got close to drivers, bringing cars to a standstill as they let the crowd of riders drive by recklessly.

Brown says he worries these incidents will become more violent — like last summer when a rider terrorized a driver on Broad Street.

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“We need to put laws in place that’s going to bring some next day change,” said Brown.

The representative wants to do a few things: sit down and talk to the riders, pass legislation to deter riding and the ability to destroy the vehicles when caught.

According to Philadelphia police, if they can confiscate these vehicles safely, they will. Hundreds of these confiscated vehicles are reportedly destroyed yearly.

On Tuesday evening, many Philadelphians agree.

“I get it, it looks fun but ATVs are for off-road,” said Anthony Carter of Logan.

“One almost ran me over the other day on the sidewalk,” said Charlotte Tammer-Morash of Center City.

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Justin Rosenberg, the CEO of Honeygrow restaurants, says it’s bad for business at every level.

“I think more residents are going to be upset, people will move out. People visiting are not going to want to come back,” said Rosenberg.

Philadelphia police said public safety is their number one priority, which is why they can’t chase these riders through the city.

Brown believes that the Pennsylvania State Police could assist Philadelphia police in tackling the issue.

Recently, Philadelphia City Council unanimously approved legislation to amend the city’s traffic code to include dirt bikes, ATVs, and dune buggies as illegal street vehicles.

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