CLEVELAND - Are dirt bike riders impacting your community?
Councilman and mayoral candidate Zack Reed says yes and not in a positive way.
Reed expressed his concern for the safety of the Cleveland community in a press release Monday.
The release, addressed to Matt Zone, chairman of the City Council safety committee, requested a public hearing to address the safety concerns surrounding dirt bike riders and city residents.
At Monday's city council meeting, Reed and two other city council members brought up the issue of dirt bikes and ATVs in their districts. All had received multiple complaints from constituents.
The topic has been on the city's radar for years now.
But with the arrival of warm weather Reed says, " [Dirt bike] riders have become more brazen in their unlawful riding thus terrorizing residents and communities."
Right now, Cleveland Police have a "no chase" policy when it comes to speeding dirt bikes and ATVs. Councilman Zone says those pursuits can become a dangerous liability for officers. But Councilman Reed tells Channel 3, that policy has exacerbated the problem with riders now thinking they can get away with speeding and carrying guns and drugs.
"These terrorists are rolling through our wards and our communities and neighborhoods and this administration looks the other way," said Reed.
Back in January, Cleveland City Council gave the green light to the building of a $2 million dirt bike park on the city's East side.
Some say the project is in bad taste at a time when residents are complaining about nuisance dirt bike riders on city streets.
Councilman Zone tells Channel 3 to expect news from Police Chief Calvin Williams soon regarding a change in policy for how officers deal with dirt bikes and ATVs.
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