FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – With the holiday Martin Luther King Jr. With the weekend approaching, South Florida law enforcement has an announcement for those planning to take the “Wheels Up, Guns Down” trip.
Just don’t do it.
“We will outnumber the riders as we usually do,” Broward Police Chief Gregory Tony said Wednesday.
The annual event began as a way to honor Dr. King. However, in recent years, it has become a dangerous display of stunts and racing on the streets of South Florida.
On Wednesday, the sheriff said they would not tolerate any ATV or dirt bike driver recklessly riding, obstructing traffic, going in the opposite direction, wheeling or walking on the sidewalk. . It has become an annual problem in South Florida.
“They do it with the knowledge and intention that their activities are illegal and illegal. They do it many times with complete disregard for public safety. And that’s where we draw the line in the sand,” Tony said.
The sheriff said there were plans to stop reckless riders when they were discovered.
“If you find yourself in traffic while these daredevils and reckless individuals are driving past, we want you to stop, we want you to pull over and let us do the work. mine. You may not see us, you may not hear us, but we are there,” Tony said. “We’re watching, we’re watching, we’re putting everything in place strategically, putting everything together to make sure that we can arrest these individuals without causing harm. you suffer greater harm.
Helicopters and law enforcement planes will monitor the roads from above. The Florida Highway Patrol plans to block some entry points on the highway to prevent motorists from accessing.
FHP Major Robert Chandler said all service members in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties will be at work Monday.
Law enforcement is hoping the Florida legislature will pass the Senate making it a crime to cause this kind of disruption on the road.
“To make it no longer just a traffic violation. That gives law enforcement a little more power, it also gives us the ability in racing regulation to detain vehicles to where they don’t take them back,” Chandler said.
“The biggest fear is that people could lose their lives doing this,” he added.
The sheriff’s office and police are urging the public to say something if they see something suspicious.
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