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Dirt Bikes Back On Albany Streets

ATVs and dirt bikes along Lark St., Albany.
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ATVs and dirt bikes along Lark St., Albany (2019)

Police in Albany are taking a cautious approach as dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles return to the streets.

After several recent sightings of unlicensed all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes on heavily trafficked city streets, Albany Police Spokesman Steve Smith suggests motorists pull over, let them pass and try to get a description if possible.

“They have no regard for traffic laws or driving at excessive speeds or going through red lights. What we don’t wanna do is cause a situation that’s gonna make that worse.”

Smith says in the interest of public safety police refrain from chasing the vehicles but have made some successful stops and issued tickets.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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