Washington Heights residents are calling on cops to crack down on ATVs

A group of outraged residents challenge cops to short-circuit illegal ATVs and bikes that attack them, destroying the quality of life in Washington Heights.

“Our corner of the neighborhood has intense and long-standing public safety and livability issues that affect our health and well-being,” Eileen King told The Post. “The way the roads are laid out makes us a target for drag racing, motorcycle gangs and dangerous driving of all kinds.”

King accused “there is little to no enforcement of traffic/reckless driving laws, and the scale of the problem goes beyond regular police car passes.”

She said the illegal drivers “are heartened by the lack of enforcement and the situation is now cemented”.

King noted that “every night and for hours from Friday afternoon to 4 a.m. Monday, a portion of our neighborhood is being taken over by reckless drivers from other parts of town.”

King said the section at 193rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue “is the beginning of drag racing,” and the bikes and cars come up Fort George Hill and turn left — which is illegal — onto Fort George Avenue and then onto Amsterdam, which is four lanes and borders a “dense residential area traumatized by these cars and motorbikes”.

Washington Heights residents are calling on police to crack down on illegal ATV riders, drag racing and other unruly behavior in their neighborhoods.
Washington Heights residents are calling on police to crack down on illegal ATV riders, drag racing and other unruly behavior in their neighborhoods.
People riding ATVs and motorcycles down a street in Washington Heights.
People riding ATVs and motorcycles down a street in Washington Heights.
Resident Eileen King told the Post "There is little to no enforcement of traffic laws/reckless driving laws."
Resident Eileen King told The Post that “there is little to no enforcement of traffic/reckless driving laws”.

A disgusted local resident, who wished to remain anonymous, reiterated that Saint Nicholas Avenue, Fort George Avenue, Fort George Hill and Audubon Avenue “are becoming one giant racetrack with dozens of cars, motorcycles and quads going through loops on all these streets.” speeding, red lights, on the sidewalks, with super loud mufflers that sound like gunshots, making donuts.

She added, “They then stop on Amsterdam Avenue / Fort George Avenue and party, heavy drinking, drugs, huge speakers on cars.”

A car makes donuts in the middle of an intersection in Washington Heights.
A car makes donuts in the middle of an intersection in Washington Heights.
A local resident said the neighborhood is turning into a "huge racetrack."
A local resident said the neighborhood is turning into a “huge racetrack.”
NYPD has claimed they will set up barricades on the streets of Amsterdam and Fort George.
NYPD has claimed they will set up barricades on the streets of Amsterdam and Fort George.

The resident accused local police officers from the 34th Precinct will post images on social media trumpeting, “We took this one speaker” or “We took two bikes from Inwood Hill Park,” but “ignore 25 speakers.” the size of a small fridge at Autos Amsterdam and ignore the 30 dirt bikes hurtling through Highbridge Park on Micheal Buzek’s Astroturf ball field.”

Yubi Cespedes, 47, of Fort George Hill, said she put up with the chaos every night and was “ready to move out” after less than two years in Washington Heights.

King said NYPD officials at the 34th Precinct station reported this week that they will erect cordons on the problematic stretch of Amsterdam and Fort George Avenues and “we’re hoping it will work.”

“As the weather warms, the NYPD is conducting targeted enforcement and deploying additional resources to reduce this problematic and dangerous behavior. We continue to meet with motorcycle safety advocates and community leaders to reinforce our message,” the department said in a statement Saturday afternoon. The NYPD noted that the 34th Precinct “has conducted multiple operations over the past few weeks resulting in more than 20 motorcycle/quad bike seizures. In addition, various stretches of road have been regularly closed to traffic to prevent large, disorderly groups from gathering.”

https://nypost.com/2022/05/28/washington-heights-residents-ask-cops-to-crack-down-on-atvs/ Washington Heights residents are calling on cops to crack down on ATVs

JACLYN DIAZ

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