Watch 900 ATVs and Motorcycles Bulldozed as NYC Mayor Waves Checkered Flag

Photo Credit: Office of the Mayor of New York City
The mayor of New York City waved the checkered flag Tuesday to end the lives of 900 illegal motorcycles, ATVs and dirt bikes in video shared by Reuters on Twitter.
The illegal motorcycles were destroyed by being crushed by a bulldozer. The reason: they were not allowed to be used legally on the city streets.
The NYPD has seized over 2,000 such illegal vehicles this year.
In this video, which turns out to be just as weird as its title, New York City Mayor Eric Adams waved a checkered flag and told a waiting Department of Sanitation driver to step on the gas on his bulldozer and a bunch of ATVs and motorcycles to fall into ruin.
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A line of about 30 motorcycles and dirt bikes wait as the bulldozer charges ahead to crush them. The video clip shows the rider getting about halfway down the line before having to back up and untie a troublesome motorbike before charging back down to finish the job.
Seizures of illegal dirt bikes, ATVs and motorcycles have risen in New York this year amid a public safety push by the mayor, who took office on Jan. 1, 2022. According to a statement from New York City Police Department Commissioner Keechant Sewell, "Since January, the NYPD has seized over 2,000 of these vehicles across the city. As the mayor said, that's almost over 80 percent more than this time last year."
The mayor said the city chose to destroy the dirt bikes rather than sell or donate them because it keeps them permanently off the road. In his press conference, the mayor explained that many of the motorcycles are uninsured and said he is urging ATV dealerships to require proof of insurance and registration documents before selling the vehicles.
"It's reckless and illegal. It puts everyone at risk. Other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, not to mention the cyclists themselves," Sewell said. Message received, Commissioner. Message received.
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