BPD announces dirt bike violation enforcement, arrests
Baltimore, Md. (May 23, 2023) – As the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) has seen heightened dirt bike activity in recent months, the Department has increased efforts to identify and arrest dirt bike riders.
The BPD is aware that many of these vehicles, which are not registered under Maryland Vehicle Law and include minibikes and all-terrain vehicles, create noise and nuisance issues for our community members.
Beginning in April, with the help of CitiWatch and street enforcement, the Department’s focused dirt bike initiative led to the arrests of 11 people for dirt bike violations and one warrant has been issued. An additional 17 people were charged via the Court Commissioner ranging from a summons to arrest warrants. Additionally, one handgun was recovered after a rider dropped it while fleeing from police.
Those charged range in age from 46-years-old to 17-years-old.
In 2022, BPD seized 180 illegal vehicles and year-to-date, the department has seized 50 illegal vehicles.
Dirt bike violators are charged under Article 19, Subtitle 40 of the Baltimore City Code.
“This effort by the members of the Baltimore Police Department is intended to keep our citizens and visitors safe by curbing the illegal riding of dirt bikes in Baltimore,” said Lt. Christopher Warren. “It will also help prevent injury or death that can occur when persons choose to ride an illegal dirt bike in an urban environment."
BPD will continue to focus on dirt bike violations throughout the summer and will respond to complaints concerning street racing and dirt bike riding.
If you have any information concerning dirt bike riders or violations, please call or text the tip line at 443-902-4474 or email Dirtbiketips@Baltimorepolice.org.