Sarno cracking down on ‘miscreant’ dirt bike, bicycle riders in Springfield

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Mayor Domenic Sarno is cracking down on dirt bike/bicycle riders who he says are jeopardizing the safety of residents.  

In a news release sent to 22News, Sarno said he doesn’t have the patience for the riders who create dangerous public safety issues by harassing innocent drivers and pedestrians.  

“Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood will be meeting with local, state and federal public safety officials to amp up an aggressive plan of attack. I have ordered this crackdown on these negative individuals’ disrespectful and very dangerous behaviors, to not only apprehend them, but also confiscate their dirt bikes and bicycles too,” Mayor Sarno said. 

One Springfield resident said dirt bikes aren’t an uncommon site on Main Street. 

“I notice them mostly going down towards the South End, usually about eight or nine of them,” said Vincent Littlejohn of Springfield. “It’s dangerous driving them around a lot of traffic like this down Main Street.”

This issue has also been occurring in other cities, including Chicopee. Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News there was an incident on March 30 where dirt bike riders were harassing and assaulting a woman and man in their car.  

You can read Sarno’s full statement below: 

Springfield, MA – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “Like the vast majority of law abiding citizens here in Springfield and around our country, I have no patience and/or use for these miscreants’ actions, who create dangerous public safety issues by harassing drivers and pedestrians, who are just going about their daily business. Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood will be meeting with local, state and federal public safety officials to amp up an aggressive plan of attack. I have ordered this crackdown on these negative individuals’ disrespectful and very dangerous behaviors, to not only apprehend them, but also confiscate their dirt bikes and bicycles too. ‘I have zero tolerance for their ‘B.S.’ – they not only put our public in harm’s way, but themselves too!’ I will continue to stand side by side with Acting Commissioner Clapprood and our Springfield Police Department urging our court system to send a strong message to eradicate this issue ASAP before someone gets hurt and/or killed.” 

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