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BPD crackdown on ATVs across Buffalo

Posted at 10:51 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 02:18:06-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Jeffrey Janik lives on Tonawanda Street across from Riverside Park. He says some days his street is filled with ATV riders.

"It's like the Wild, Wild West. It really is," he said. "Come down here on a Sunday morning and what you're doing right now, you can watch the kids go up and down the street doing wheelies."

Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo say scenes like this are popping up across the city more now than ever. "That is an illegal activity. You cannot drive an ATV on a city street, you cannot drive an ATV into a city park," Captain Rinaldo said.

Aside from the possible danger associated with ATVs, city parks are also seeing damage. "You're subject to being stopped, being detained. There are multiple...summons that will be written if you're caught with it, as well as having your ATV being seized by the police department for it."

Instead, BPD urges anyone with an ATV to find a legal place to ride.

"This is the warning. We're advising people, stop this activity, don't do it. find a place to legally ride these things."