ATV Crackdown

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This past weekend police from the 61 and 63 precincts came down to crackdown on ATV’s back weeds and on the street. This enforcement came as a result of all the recent attention to the Radio Controlled Society of Marine Park.

At least one community member said “It’s about time…they [the riders] are not from this area and they are dangerous.”

The police ended up confiscating a few ATV’s from anyone who was riding on the street.

50 comments to ATV Crackdown

  • anon

    It’s about time the police started enforcing the law. Maybe they will start giving tickets to the double and triple parked cars on the Ave.

  • Anonymous

    Nice to see the 61 and 63 coordinating. I guess the Halloween fuss has the cops actually doing their job now?

  • vincent

    beachrats are so funny.. they care that the riders “arent from the area.” smh

    • sorry for you all

      I am not concerned where the riders are from… What I find shocking is that after years of neighborhood complaints , meetings etc.. Is that it took the Radio Controlled Society to get ANY result from either 61 pct. or 63 pct…. Who the hell do they know ???? Maybe we should let them run GBPOA and get us some results here ???

    • Annonymous

      Well some of them are not and as we all know many are. It is interesting to see the cars and vans with trailers sitting on the avenue when the people from outside the area are riding. One would think they would be easier to catch considering they have to return to their trailer at some point, or for that matter the car / trailer has to have a plate on it. If they wanted to stop this they would, they could start with the low hanging fruit, those coming form outside the area first. Then tackle the logistically more difficult riders from the area. It is not an issue of where they are from as much as it is an issue of it getting worse because now others are coming. I wonder if they continue to have these same issues at the end of Ave U.

      • Clay

        Police could impound the vehicle/trailer as it is involved in the crime.

        • Annonymous

          At the least they could boot it, then those in need of the trailer would have to call the police to remove the boot. Once that happens the real fun begins. At the least it would make the entire process less palatable.

          The truth is this could be stopped or made so unpleasant / costly that it was no longer worth doing. This city has quite a bit of resources, if they wanted to bring an end to it they would. The NYPDs coordination, the amount of resources and response time was unbelievable on the last few July 4th holidays. The helicopters are only 1 min away, I bet a helicopter chasing and hovering over one of the houses that is storing these things would put an end to it. It seems to be about intelligence and coordination. At the same time, maybe our tax money is better spent cleaning up the mess after the inevitable happens and hoping someone that is not involved is not hurt in the process.

  • dvsness

    The riders ARE from the area and they’re dangerous, lol.

    • anonymous

      NO !they are not from the area, when they come back, and they will see how they drive there trucks with trailers attached down the Avenue, they are NOT coming out of the beach… they are coming from all over the city …

  • Anonymous

    and let’s not forget that while they were around they also stopped and issued a bunch of summons to motorists for no seatbelts and cellphones. I know because I watched as they were pulling people over on the avenue.

    • suomynona

      And what’s wrong with that? If your breaking the law then you should get pinched. If your stupid enough to talk on the phone while driving and not notice the police slowing the traffic in front of you, then you were oblivious to your surroundings and pose a hazard to the public.

    • Anon

      There is an easy way to avoid those tickets:

      - Don’t talk on your cell phone while you are driving.
      - Wear your seatbelt while you are driving.

      Simple!

      • Anonymous

        there is nothing wrong with that. The point was they were not just around for the ATVs. The point is the next time people complain about the ATVs riding on the avenue they will tell you they did enforcement and wrote X number of summons which will only be partially true. My money is on that the majority of vehicles actually stopped and given summons were not the ATVs.

  • back weeds

    what does busting atvs,cell phone tickets have to do with all this crap going on.( airplanes & egg throwers ) the police r pissed that gb cares badmouths them over & over

    • Annonymous

      In my humble opinion , right or wrong all of the attention from some of these stories has left the police with egg on the face – pun intended. Now, it is payback time, which means they will be targeting anyone in the beach doing anything. The irony is that they will probably have no impact on those involved.

  • anonymous

    It was a nice quiet Sunday in Gerritsen Beach, Maybe after giving out a ton of summons Sunday they will come back and get the speeders late at night…

  • vincent

    they should follow around that blonde beast from the prop meeting and lock her up for smoking crack.

  • IGreen

    I am in favor of having fun, and for a lot of people, ATVs and motor bikes are a lot of fun.

    However, I was at Marine Park last weekend, and saw a large group of people out riding together. At one point, a young man (14-16 yrs old), was doing a wheelie and lost control of his small dirt bike. He dropped it and slid for a few feet and walked away. What was most disturbing was the round of applause and praise this received from his buddies. I find it really unfortunate that this type of recklessness is rewarded in this way. I’ve witnessed a fatal motorcycle accident, and I simply don’t want to see anyone get hurt. PLEASE encourage your friends and relatives who are into this sport to be safe—you only get one body and one life. Only takes a split second to lose it all.

    • Annonymous

      I agree it looks like a great deal of fun and it probably is in a place where it is legal. The problem is it is not here, even if one were to set that argument aside, lets think about common sense. If you are doing something illegal and have all the room in the world in the weeds why make more of a nuisance of yourself by encroaching upon others. Racing up and down the avenue, going on the sidewalk, up and down the fields and the like. On a similar note, they tear up the fields, what used to be great bike trails, and are extremely noisy to boot. I agree there is a mentality to it all, I assume much of it has to do with showing off than actually enjoying the ride. If it was about riding the same people spending lots of money on these bikes and those bringing them down to the beach would find a legal place to ride them and no one would care. There seems to be the same mentality with most jet skiers, it seems like they require you know nothing about seamanship, the rules of the road, or common courtesy on the water to purchase one. Fun is fun, but there are other people, some that understand and can appreciate order that are being put in harms way. The only thing we can hope for is Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

  • vincent

    WHY ARENT PEOPLE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE UNDERAGE DRINKING AT THE LOCAL BARS AND DRUG USE? FIX THE REAL PROBLEM.

    • Annonymous

      Vincent,
      Just out of curiosity are you from the beach? In response the thread is about the ATVS, there is even a rather large picture of one at the top of the page.

      As for underage drinking in the bars, I really can’t comment considering I am well over the drinking age and leave the bartender in charge of their business when enjoying a pint. But the bars in the beach I go to seem pretty strict when it comes to that, there does not seem to be people that are obviously underage. The other bar(s) I’m not so sure of.

      • vincent

        i dont live here but i rent 3 properties in this white nigger neighborhood unfortunately. thought buying waterfront properties would be an investment. boy i was wrong.

        • Annonymous

          It is unfortunate that you feel that way about those you are trying to do business with. If I were in a position to purchase and rent multiple properties I would seek out an are where I liked and respected the people I was trying to rent to. There is also the fact that renting property is fraught with issues and peoples BS, never did it but I know it is a lot more work than most think. I assume these issues are further compounded by the economy.

          Just for the record, like any other place there are a mixture of people in GB , some very good hardworking people that are not fond of all the BS but can’t do much about it, others are very shanty. The difference is those that live in the Beach tend to know who is shanty and who is not. Only a fool would deny the recent rash of incidents in the area, all in all I still believe it is a great place to live and will be even better when some people start parenting.

        • Anonymous

          Dude sell your POS property and leave. You are probably the slum lord of the degraded properties left in the area. Do us all a favor and put them up for sale and forget GB. The area will be so much better without you.

        • anonymous

          So sell your properties if you don’t like the beach and go someplace else, I for one would rather have home owners than renters, btw where are there rentals on the water…hmm

  • flyguy

    i am a member of the radio control society of marine park.and to answer the question posed by one of the people who commented on this site, as to who we know in the police dept, the answer is NOBODY.. we dial 911!! and we have HAD to dial 911 more and more as the summer has turned to fall. One of our members had his windshield broken by a rock thrown not by the bikers and atv riders, but by teenagers from your neighborhood!!! we have also had this group of little thugs rob a model airplane from a member of the club who was left alone on the field for a few minutes. 15 of them surrounded him,and threatened him verbally and brandishing weapons before robbing him. These are not Biker gang members from outside Gerritsen Beach, THESE LITTLE 15 YEAR OLD THUGS ARE YOUR CHILDREN!!! THEY WALK INTO THE PARK, OR RIDE BICYCLES!! as a matter of fact, a few of the bikers came to the aid of our club member as he was being robbed and scared the little thugs off!! In another incident, this group of kids rode their bicycles on to the runway as some of our members were flying, and then refused to move off the runway while telling us this was THEIR PARK and WE should go back where we come from!!!! When i walked up to them to ask them what their problem was, a GIRL in the group tried to provoke one of the larger boys to fight me by telling him “hit him, he ain’t gonna do nothing” repeatedly.Luckily for the kid he was smart enough NOT to throw a punch at me.(i am a retired n.y.p.d. officer) We have Photos of these juvenile delinquents at our yahoo groups site RCSMP. Why don’t some of you concerned citizens go to that site and see if maybe these are your children that are the problem???or maybe you will recognize a neighbors kid and tell his/her parents about their kids CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR?? if this problem is not addressed soon, somebody is going to get hurt, then arrested, charged and incarcerated for a felony. we have been good stewards of the park for many years, cleaning up after your children have had their beer and pot smoking and spray paint graphitti party’s at the park. but we should NOT HAVE TO PUT UP WITH BEING ASSAULTED AND ROBBED BY THESE THUGS!!! from here on…. we call the cops AND PRESS CHARGES!!!!!

    • Annonymous

      That is a horrible story, there is no excuse for people harassing and / or robbing others.

      Unfortunately the city we live in tends to side with the perps more than the good people when they decide to defend themselves. We have lost our sense of decency in society. I am not making excuses, however people of the age you speak have been brought up to believe that there are no consequences. Certain sections of society and politics have perpetuated the idea that there is always an excuse for criminal behavior and relativity trumps morality. We have laws that look to parse out and punish for the motivation behind a crime more than the crime itself. We have fostered a generation of people that know that the decent people have more to lose when defending their liberty from cretins than the cretins have to lose. I am intelligent enough to stress the idea that this post is in no way making yet another excuse for criminal behavior. I am simply saying that when people are indoctrinated from birh with a sense of irresponsibility, the excuse of mob mentality / wilding, and relativity as a reason for criminality some are going to follow that path. It needs to start with parenting, but there also needs to be more emphasis on right and wrong in society. I am in my 30s and I see quite a shift in morality and simple right and wrong over the past 20 years. I cannot imagine trying to raise kids now and teach them right and wrong as I was with the media, our leaders , and many others turning everything upside down. We reap what we sow.
      Hopefully, this will be addressed so the decent people can enjoy themselves without the fear of harassment or the fear of the penalties associated with one defending themselves.

    • Kate

      I went to your website to look at the pictures & try to identify the culprits but I don’t see any pictures. Could you put a link or direct us to the exact page?

      There are ATV riders who stick to the trails & ride responsibly but there are others who come down and tear the fields apart & do wheelies in the middle of Gerritsen Avenue after dark even. I passed the police who appeared to be stopping ATV riders last Sunday at Gerritsen & Lois. I gave them a round of applause as I passed thinking they would all be gone & I wouldn’t have to hear the noise & may be able to actually go for a walk since it was such a beautiful day but when I returned not 15 minutes later the police were gone & the ATV & dirt bikes were still there.

      • Anonymous

        There is no such thing as ‘sticking to the trails and riding responsibly’.

      • Anonymous

        There is no such thing as sticking to the trails and riding responsibly. It is illegal and as disturbing back weeds as it is on the Ave. They are illegal to ride anywhere in the city and it needs to be enforced. The police came down last weekend, looked at them and left. The AP field guys leave the gate open and they come sailing in. When they leave they have one guy walk to the trucks, flatbeds, vans and scout for cops before they come out of the fields and load up. It is ridiculous that the police are being outsmarted by these inconsiderate bastards. I don’t care if they are local or not. ENFORCE THE LAW. That is parkland. It is for everyone and the ATV’s and dirtbikes are not only doing alot of damage, but also make it impossible for anyone else to enjoy it.

  • PAY BACK

    WE SHOULD LINE UP WITH SOME EGGS AND BOMB THE DIRT BIKERS

  • flyguy

    Payback,
    you have missed the point totally. the dirt bikers are NOT destroying and vandalizing the park, yes they ride on the trails,and are noisy, but for the most part they ride the trails,then pack up their gear and go home.(with a few exceptions who do destroy the flying field and its surroundings) the problem is the LOCAL teenagers who act like a pillaging horde of barbarians with spray paint. WE have painted over our cargo container at least 5 times THIS SUMMER ALONE!! they spray paint racial slurs and Nazi swastikas on it, and we cover them over. Maybe if the parents of these malcontents knew or cared what they were doing, we might have a wonderful place in the city where people could enjoy a delightful hobby and pastime without worrying about delinquents robbing them or breaking their car windshields.

  • Anonymous

    i hate cops they come here on saturday and get evrybody from the neighborhood riding but on sunday when all the jigaboos come on there dirtbikes they dnt do anything about it

  • flyguy

    At least the idiot who left the above post was smart enough NOT to leave his name. Maybe me and a few of my “JIGABOO” friends might visit his house, and teach him some manners. All it takes is ONE MORON like this guy, and Gerritsen Beach is perceived as a racist KLU KLUX KLAN stronghold. Just like what happened to Bensonhurst a few years ago. Next step is Sharpton and his friends marching down Gerritson Ave.

  • flyguy

    those photos have been forwarded to this website for publication.. if the editor wants to. (I BET HE WON’T)

  • vincent

    should put a sign up for dirtbikes too. the stupid beachrats will think thats allowed.

  • Anonymous

    organizing a dirt bike rally and ripping up the fields then the neighborhood

  • Rider

    I am sorry to hear of all the unrest in the beach, I admit I have rode on these trails on a street legal dirt bike. I have always stopped for anyone on foot in these trails, Form fishermen, to dog walkers I have yet to get a complaint in person. I try and be as respectful as one can be, Upon seeing a person in the area I stop and and wait for the person to flag me on or walk past me. You can take my post as you wish but my hope is that some can see it truly is unfair to group all riders in the same boat as it would be unfair to group all the local kids in the boat as a unruly group.
    I dont ride with a group but I can say the few riders I have come across were respectful and willing to work to safe guard the last known riding location for dirt bikes. Any Acts on developed park fields or on the streets should not be tolerated and most riders would agree. For those i have meet in passing I thank you all for your willingness to share the city land and the great conversations along the way.
    My heart goes out to the men on the air field who where where threaten and robbed. I wish ridders were there at that point, it may have been a better out come with safety in numbers in mind.

  • Anonymous

    Although I am against dirt bikes and ATV’s being back there at all, I have come across people who at least waited for me to get out of the way and not hit me with dirt and rocks as they speed by (maybe it was you). There are just too many coming that have no consideration for anyone or anything else now. It’s become too unsafe to take a walk back there and there is no peace at all. Maybe if more dirt bikers had your attitude it wouldn’t be so bad, but they don’t.

  • Rider

    I agree, as others on two wheels disrespect the public it reflects on all riders. Between loud pipes and disrespectful actions support is hard to find. Serious riders you will find have proper gear and will be AMA members. Safety is Key no matter where a rider is riding. For the most part riders do stick to trails as it is no fun getting hit in the face with branches and getting stuck between trees. If one checks the area from a sky view form google its is clear these trails where started by motorcycles and ATVs no bikes or foot traffic would have such defined trails and curves. This supports that riders stay on paths as a path is ridden more often it keeps back over growth (nature reclaiming) In these hard times I would hope the city would consider making areas legal to ride with a city permit and the funds form said permits going back into the parks for all. I know this is a pipe dream, when it appears there is little hope for such.

  • Anonymous

    if you stay on the trails in the back weeds then you are a legit rider who enjoys your atv and simply is just looking for a close place to enjoy it and theres nothing wrong with that however,if your riding it on the streets,sidewalks, or the baseball fields then your just a jerkoff that wants to be seen and show off as if anyone gives a shit anyway,thats when you become a danger to people and cause destruction of property by riding where you don’t belong

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