Motorcycles introduce extra safety considerations for riders and other motorists, and it can be especially risky for people using dirt bikes, which aren’t made to be ridden on streets.
St. Joseph Police have been having issues recently with dirt bikes being used dangerously on Belt Highway, St. Joseph Police Sgt. James Tonn said.
“We are having issues with our crotch rockets, but we also are having issues with guys wanting to ride dirt bikes out on the road,” he said.
Dirt bikes often aren’t registered for road use, Tonn said. Even if they are registered, they don’t have all the same safety features as road bikes.
“When you’re riding a dirt bike faster than you should be at night, and you don’t have headlights because the bike doesn’t come with it, guess what?” he said. “We can’t see you. Nobody can, and when you’re running faster than you should be,