Cleveland councilman calls for dirt bike crackdown: I-Team

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — The FOX 8 I-Team obtained video sparking new outrage over packs of dirt bikes taking over your streets.

Now, a Cleveland councilman plans to press city safety officials at a meeting in days to do more about the problem.

New video released to the I-Team shows dirt bikes taking over another busy intersection. It happened two weeks ago at West 150th Street and Puritas Avenue.

One witness told police six to eight dirt bikes were making cars stop, even at gunpoint.

Another witness described for us what he saw.

“Running through the red lights on both sides of the road,” Douglas Haynes said. He added the bikes even went into oncoming traffic and forced drivers to swerve to avoid them.

Police body camera video shows officers responding to a driver who’d called to say dirt bike riders ran a red light, hit his truck, and then took off. That happened at East 105th Street and St. Clair Avenue.

The victim told an officer, “Three or four of ‘em. They hit another car, but the other people took off.”

“They come out of nowhere. It’s ridiculous,” The officer responded.

The I-Team has learned just in recent weeks dozens of drivers have called police to complain about dirt bikes. Wondering how they can do whatever they want on the roads while everyone else gets a ticket.

A problem for years. Always picks up as the weather gets warmer.

“It needs to be enforced a little harder,” Councilman Brian Kazy said.

Sometimes Cleveland police have a special unit out targeting dirt bikes. But, so often, that unit is not out there when groups of bikes take over. And, patrol officers have been told not to chase the riders.

In fact, last year, the I-Team showed you dirt bikes even held up officers rushing to a call.

This coming week, Kazy said he plans to demand more action from city safety officials. He said he’ll bring it up at a safety committee meeting.

“I don’t know if it’s gonna be the administration or the council, but somebody is gonna have to come up with the solution to curtail this type of activity,” Kazy said.

Not a new problem, but a new message to city hall. A call to do more to take back the streets from the dirt bikes.

We also reached out to Cleveland police for comment on this story about the latest complaints. As of late Friday afternoon, we had not received any response.

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