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If you’ve been driving down the streets of Albany recently, you might notice an influx of people that are driving vehicles that aren’t considered street legal. People are hopping on their dirtbikes (or motorbikes if you’re so inclined) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). While they can keep up speed with a lot of street legal cars, especially on residential roads, they tend to be much louder and aren’t very safe on the roads. Because of this, Albany police are cracking down hard on those that want to take their off-road vehicles on the road.

Because of how many people are riding their off-road vehicles through the busy streets, the Albany Police Department is asking for help from citizens to call in tips of people that are doing so. If you do, and the person is ticketed, then you can receive a cash reward as an added incentive. A lot of these bikers can get away easily as they drive through backyards and parks where police can’t, so many of them will escape without being apprehended.

Police are even considering using drones to help keep an eye on these off-roaders so that they know their location when they eventually stop and can take matters from there. Neighborhood Association member Jog Debois said it’s a welcome change to see residents and police getting more involved with stopping these people. “Given that we now have a full season of good weather to use that policy I think sending a reminder to the residents would be helpful because the policy was enacted (previously).”

“They are creating a very dangerous situation in the city,” officer Steve Smith said of the off-roaders, which included one rider crashing into a car and suffering serious injuries. “This is something we’ve said it was only a matter of time before it happened, where one of these dirtbikes collided with a vehicle or a person.” One resident has seen these people riding through town, and is very concerned.

“Blocking traffic, not stopping at red lights at all and they just continue on,” she said. “Someone’s going to get killed, someone will get killed...If the police are worried about someone else getting hurt, they’re going to anyway. If they chase them they have a better chance to at least get one or two of them.”

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