Just in the past week, police say they issued eight citations and towed two vehicles.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Police are cracking down on people illegally driving off-road vehicles on city streets.

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Public Safety says in 2020, the city started seeing large numbers of off-road vehicles like ATVs and dirt bikes driving recklessly — taking over roadways and intersections, driving on sidewalks and in many cases, going in the wrong direction.

According to Public Safety, “flash mobs” or “ride-outs” have as many as 50 to 200 riders roaming Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods at any given time.

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Public Safety says just in the past week, police issued eight citations and towed two vehicles from a ride-out event. One citation came from a traffic stop where a dirt bike rider was driving the wrong way toward police on N. Beatty Street.

“It is just a matter of time before this irresponsible behavior leads to a serious injury or death either of the rider, or to an innocent pedestrian or motorist in Pittsburgh,” said Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich in a press release.

Police will launch a three-pronged response focusing on education and community outreach, law enforcement collaboration and investigation and enforcement.

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Police say they’ll be using any technology to stop the vehicles. The public can send tips to this new email address: 412_TIPS@pittsburghpa.gov.