SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Sarno and Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood introduced a new Springfield Police Department vehicle to recognize and stop illegal dirt bikes on public streets.
The new metro unit vehicle has already responded to calls for illegal dirt bikes in downtown, and on Wednesday, six were seized and quickly taken off the street.
Mayor Sarno told 22News illegal dirt bike riding led to a number of incidents in downtown and in neighborhoods already this year, including damage to vehicles.
He had this message for illegal riders, “You might think you get away with it one night, or one day. The next day we are going to get you. And we will get that bike confiscated, and in my eyes we are going to destroy it too.”
Mayor Sarno said the city is working with state police on the issue, who have new tracking technology to get to these dirt bike riders safely and quickly. He also wants the courts to back the city, and keep these riders from going back into the community after they are arrested.
During the showing, the new Metro Unit car received a call for an illegal dirt bike downtown and managed to stop the vehicle.