The authorities in Florida arrested almost 60 individuals on Friday. The arrests were made after ATV and dirt bike riders unlawfully stormed South Florida streets ahead of Martin Luther King Weekend. This illegal swarming prompted officials to take action.
According to Miami-Dade Police Detective Andre Martin, the operation’s goal is to stop people from using motorbikes, dirt bikes, and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) illegally on the county road.
According to the authorities, they were able to stop a large number of people who were driving their cars unlawfully on county roads.
Martin said in a news release on Saturday that officers from the MDPD’s Priority Response Team, Motors Unit, and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) “conducted a takedown of numerous violators engaged in participating or spectating in intersection takeovers in a location near Miami International Airport.”
The authorities were successful with:
- 61 arrests
- 21 Vehicles Impounded
- 7 stolen vehicles recovered
- 5 Firearms confiscated
- 363 Citations Issued
The arrest was also assisted by the detectives from the department’s Homeland Security Bureau.
Martin gave his cops and other neighborhood law enforcement all the credit they deserved for their work on the probe.
The MDPD added that police units, in conjunction with local and state partners, have been and will continue to monitor areas to discourage riders and/or detain offenders, as many riders will be returning to the road this weekend for the annual “Wheels Up, Guns Down” event.
The department also stated that maintaining public safety is their priority and that any infraction will result in units engaging with the offending parties and taking them into custody without endangering the safety of other drivers or pedestrians.
The authorities urge everyone to call 305-471-8477 and reach Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers if you have any information on the incident.