Officials looking at how to stop illegal ATV riders in DC – NBC4 Washington

Authorities are looking into how to stop illegal ATV riders in DC after a video of four wheels on the National Mall went viral.

The riders in the video can be seen driving in the grass near the Washington Monument. By the time officers arrived at the scene, the pilots had disappeared, according to the US Park Police.

It’s illegal in DC to drive four-wheelers and dirt bikes on the road, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The incident was one of several that have recently angered residents and district officials.

The viral video came after an ATV shootout last week, where a man was shot and wounded by a motorcyclist during a traffic dispute on Branch Avenue SE, according to DC police.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is cracking down on the issue, saying that this reckless driving is no fun and fun as someone will be seriously injured.

Bowser said people who are storing these bikes for friends and family need to know that they can be confiscated and destroyed. She also said that this is not just a DC problem.

“We know that part of the problem with ATVs is that some of them come from outside the District, being stored outside the District, being driven by people outside the District, supplied outside the District,” she said.

When selling these types of ATVs and dirt bikes, shop owner Marina Alveno said she educates shoppers about safety and the law and does not sell to minors.

Alveno and her husband own Scooter Solutions and Cycles in Brentwood. Despite telling shoppers they can’t ride on the street, Alveno said there’s plenty they can do, as riders can get ATVs and dirt bikes from many hard-to-control sources, including online.

“A lot of times they come with their parents, and you’d be surprised the parents didn’t even care,” she said. “Parents have to do their part with their children.”

According to the police, the department’s non-stalking policy makes enforcement difficult, if not impossible. Authorities are still figuring out how to safely stop these drivers.

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