Albany Personal Injury Attorneys Explain the Danger of Off-Road Vehicles
As a runner or bicyclist there’s nothing better than having the freedom to exercise in peace and to enjoy the pleasantness of being outdoors doing the activities we love most.
Dirt Bikes on the Roadways in Albany County
The inhabitants of Albany County have had to forgo this luxury however, as in the past few months the roadways have become ever increasingly overrun by the presence of illegal dirt bikes.
Reaching as far back as the Easter holiday, law enforcement of Albany County has faced complaints from local residents. Residents claim that the dirt bikes are not only a disruption to the neighborhood, they are a threat to the community. With these vehicles on the streets local pedestrians including walkers, runners and bicyclists are all in a position of increased danger.
Albany is not the first to deal with this overtake of off roading vehicles. Back in 2013 New York City and Long Island experienced a very similar situation on their own road ways. Such acts led to over 437 motorcyclist and dirt biker arrests. In total 5,498 summonses for license plate violations and other infractions were given out and over 200 tickets were written for reckless endangerment or reckless driving.
Illegal Driving May Lead To Arrests and Convictions
In response to this increasing problem, Albany Common Council has thought up a potential solution. With the full support of local officials, there is talk of implementing a bounty system, so that the offending individuals can be apprehended. In return for names, a reward of up to $1000 dollars will be given if tips lead to a misdemeanor conviction and even more for a felony conviction.
This system will allow for a potential increase in finding the suspects, in a manner that is impactful and safe for all parties.
Keeping Capital District Bicyclists and Pedestrians Safe
Pedestrians and bicyclists are not the only ones who will benefit from the elimination of this recent practice. The operators of the dirt bikes are winners as well. By moving back to the intended territory of this type of recreational activity, the riders will decrease their own chances of injury by other vehicles on the road. Doing so will also decrease the chances of needless arrests for these riders as well.
Dreyer Boyajian LaMarche Safranko, headquartered in Albany, New York, represents clients in personal injury cases throughout New York state. Call us at (518) 463-7784 or contact us for a no-obligation consultation.