Wheels Up, Guns Down Ride Causes Problems For Local Law Enforcement

What had begun a few years ago as a way to promote non-violence in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and promote non-violence is now causing some concern for local law enforcement agencies.

In a news story which appeared on the CBS Local website in Miami, the annual “Wheels Up, Guns Down” ride is now causing potentially dangerous situations on South Florida roadways. Motorcycles ATV’s and dirt bikes take to the streets and highways, weaving in and out of traffic at high rates of speed and performing moves such as “popping wheelies” are creating dangerous situations.

Local law enforcement agencies in Dade and Broward counties and the Florida Highway Patrol have partnered to try and curb the behavior. Off-road vehicles such as ATV’s and dirt bikes are not permitted on roadways and those breaking the law can expect to be ticketed, fined, and have their vehicles confiscated if they do.

Florida Highway Patrol Major Robert Chandler said in a statement to those who break the law: “You will be subject to fines anywhere from $100 up to $1,100 depending on the violation. Your bikes, ATVs, and mini-bikes that are illegal to operate on the road will be taken.”

Miami-Dade Detective Angel Rodriguez encourages the public to help law enforcement by spreading the word and to remind those who ride motorcycles, ATV’s and other similar vehicles that it’s important to follow all traffic laws and to wear a helmet.