Truck yeah! Police crush dozens of illegal dirtbikes in Red Hook

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Ready to rumble: A bulldozer is poised to drive over the bikes.
Crushing it: Drivers navigate two trucks over the illicit bikes, driving them into the ground.
Truck-a-saurus: Both all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes were offered up as sacrifices at the police department’s demolition derby.
Oh snap: The remains of the bikes, post flattening.
Our job here is done: Commissioner Bratton and other police brass survey the damage.

That’s one way to drive home your message.

Police drove bulldozers over more than 70 confiscated dirt-bikes and all-terrain vehicles at a Red Hook tow pound on Tuesday, in a public demolition derby the city’s top cop says he hopes serves as a warning to the daredevils who ride the banned bikes around the city’s streets.

“We want to send out a very strong message to the nitwits and knuckleheads who insist on operating these illegal vehicles on the streets, sidewalks, parks, and housing developments of the city of New York, creating extraordinary dangers not only for themselves but for the public,” said Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Bratton said the flattened vehicles represent just a fraction of the more than 600 illegal bikes the officers have seized this year.

It would be counterproductive for the department to sell the confiscated rides to raise money, he claimed, given they’re illegal in New York and all — that would be like selling black-market guns back onto the streets — but the department does reap 2 cents per pound for the scrap metal.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I hate to be the one to say this, but someone must. I find this to be extremely counter productive. A lot of people are unaware of what it takes to operate a bulldozer. Unfortunately for the daily papers, your own John Wasserman isn't one of those people.
John Wasserman
May 18, 2016, 12:38 pm
Roman from Williamsburg says:
Commissioner Bill Bratton: "It would be counterproductive for the department to sell the confiscated rides to raise money, given they’re illegal in New York and all"

You could have contacted GSAAuctions(dot)gov and had them handle the auction work(for a percentage).
Just because dirtbikes are illegal to ride in NYC, doesnt mean they are illegal own in NYC. Many NYC'ers trailer them to parks in PA & NY state. TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY & OPPORTUNITY AUGMENT HIGH TAXES.
May 18, 2016, 3:58 pm
Paul from Fat City says:
Too bad the Vocational Schools couldn't get those bikes . Why can't owners simply buy them back, like they do in Massachusetts ? To me, it was a Facist Act that could have reprocussions come election time .
As a one time stunt OK, it's over, I hope this insane practice doesn't become the De Facto way of dealing with bikes. Taxpayers worked hard to get them .
May 18, 2016, 5:44 pm
James from Red Hook says:
there is no "black market" for dirt bikes and atv's. it is idiotic to compare to guns, especially in a region of the state that unconstitutionally "limits" them.
May 18, 2016, 6:30 pm
Greg from Williamsburg says:
Let me pull out my crystal ball to see the unintended consequences of this genius of policing...

Doh, broken windows fallacy strikes again.
May 19, 2016, 1:23 pm
Tyler from pps says:
There's a whole lot of whiny types commenting on this.
May 20, 2016, 10 am
Josh Anthony from Park Slope says:
Crazy waste of money... They could have trucked those beautiful bikes to NJ or CT and auctioned them off for hundreds of thousands! NYC needs more money to waste!

May 20, 2016, 11:23 am
Noneya from Bk says:
Who cares about the damn bikes! Easily 1 of, if not THE most annoying aspects throughout my morning day and night is listening to these ding dongs ride around on their illegal scooters disrupting traffic and my eardrums/conversations constantly! Its bad enough with nyc sirens and obnoxious so called music blasting but these idiots r dangerous and have no regard for anyone else on the road on or please go cry me a river about the stupid little kid bikes in nj or ct..we dont need 2016 ruff ryderz bologna give me a break
May 25, 2016, 12:40 am

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