As Philadelphia police seized more illegal ATVs and off-road vehicles, Krasner sought a “bigger solution.”
In Philadelphia, people are increasingly frustrated by the prevalence of ATVs and off-road vehicles disrupting traffic on major roads. District Attorney Larry Krasner called on Monday to provide more information for this cultural phenomenon that transcends law enforcement. Imaginative solutions.
After the fatal shooting in Richmond Port on Saturday night, Krasner held a press conference. 21-year-old Angel Rodriguez was killed Riding his off-road vehicle. The incident occurred during a gathering of large off-road vehicle and motorcycle riders near Aramingo Avenue and Butler Street. Rodriguez was repeatedly shot and killed by an unidentified motorcycle rider and is still at large.
This incident is the latest in Philadelphia to draw attention to illegal off-road vehicles, and many communities see it as a public hazard and noisy nuisance.
But Krasner believes that the urban approach must consider these vehicles and their location in the urban environment more broadly.
Krasner said: “For us, don’t mix everyone together, don’t be stereotyped, this is very (important).” “There is a big difference between driving a vehicle on the street and driving on a sidewalk endangering people. There are big differences between driving at normal speed and driving at extremely high speeds, or driving in the opposite direction or passing traffic. If we don’t want to fall into some old traps, we must be willing to see these differences.”
Krasner said the city’s attitude towards off-road vehicles and all-terrain vehicles should be to prevent obvious dangers and crimes, and it should also look for alternatives as part of a law-abiding culture.
“There are people with off-road vehicles and ATV culture, and there are people who ride motorcycles. They are kind and law-abiding people,” Krasner said. “And in terms of the traffic violations they do, this needs to be resolved, but this is different from people who behave dangerously and lawlessly, and their behavior must be handled more directly as a crime.”
Traffic enforcement and prosecutions in Philadelphia are mainly handled by the police, and the DA Office’s involvement is limited, unless an appeal is made for specific traffic violations. If the behavior on an off-road vehicle or ATV rises to a criminal level, the DA office will handle the case.
Krasner said: “It is a crime to hit a wheeled vehicle with a child pushing a stroller and people walking on the street on the sidewalk.” “This is a reckless hazard to others. This is behavior. No inspection, there may be other things, depending on what you are doing.”
For years, the police have been taking action to seize as many illegal ATVs and off-road vehicles from the streets as possible. On Monday, the police announced the seizure of 37 other cars. Since the beginning of this year, more than 200 seizures have been made, and the authorities continue to seek information from the public about where they may be located.
Our off-road vehicle and ATV program continues. The cleaning this weekend resulted in the confiscated 37 vehicles. These initiatives will continue throughout the city. Is there any information about where these vehicles are stored and/or operated? Call or text 215-686-TIPS pic.twitter.com/YAIfxAVEC6
-Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) June 14, 2021
Last week, the city council passed a bill to amend traffic laws to classify off-road vehicles and dune vehicles Illegal street cars of the same category As an all-terrain vehicle. The bill waits for Mayor Jim Kenny to sign and imposes the same consequences on all these vehicles-a fine of $2,000 and confiscated by the police.
Krasner is not opposed to the city council’s tougher action on off-road vehicles, but said that this is only part of the solution.
“I think the city council’s approach is not necessarily a wrong move,” Krasner said. “The role of law enforcement is appropriate. What I want to say is that there must be a bigger solution here, and it must be sensitive to the fact that motorcycle culture exists in many of our major cities, just like in our major cities. There is an increasingly popular technique like bicycle culture.”
First Assistant District Attorney Robert Listenbee elaborated on the need to expand transportation education and entertainment opportunities.
“We will continue to work towards a comprehensive solution to the ATV and off-road vehicle problems,” Listenbee said. “As the DA pointed out today, we also want to focus on prevention, not just law enforcement… We look forward to communities and organizations throughout the city to help us develop a comprehensive prevention model, which takes into account that many young people do not Participate in riding off-road vehicles and ATVs in violation of the law. We hope that they will do so legally and appropriately in Philadelphia and the county.”
Listenbee said that city hall meetings and consultations with other city leaders who frequently use off-road vehicles and ATVs will be used to help Philadelphia develop a strategy to go beyond law enforcement.
The City Council also recommended exploring the possibility of establishing a private facility near the airport that can be used by ATV and SUV riders.
Diversion plans and traffic safety education courses may be a way to promote safer use of these vehicles on the streets of Philadelphia, while at the same time informing people who ride them about the penalties they face for violations and crimes.
At the same time, Krasner pointed out that overly aggressive attempts to remove off-road vehicles and all-terrain vehicles from the streets may cause more harm than good. This is why the police usually do not hunt down people in these vehicles, but try to determine where they are stored.
“The Philadelphia Police Department is very aware that this is a challenge,” Krasner said. “When you started chasing people on a motorcycle, you risked killing, just like driving after people in the past. It turns out that they are more dangerous than not chasing people. This is a problem. It is not their fault, but This is the challenge they face.”
Krasner called for a more detailed understanding of how Philadelphia uses off-road vehicles and all-terrain vehicles.
“If someone is riding an off-road vehicle, they may not have all the appropriate lights and turn signals, etc., and they are driving a front wheel, but they are driving along with the traffic rather than blowing through the lights…This is different from walking on the sidewalk. The point is that people are walking and riding motorcycles or off-road vehicles to get there quickly, or going backwards, or blocking the lane so that you can blow through all the lights when the light is red,” Krasner said.
“This is a matter of degree-the same, speeding in a car is also a matter of degree. We must ensure that justice on the law enforcement side is personal. Having said that, I did see that this (enforcement) can certainly be a solution for us. Part of the larger and imaginative approach to the problem.”