Task force set up ahead of annual MLK ride
Hundreds of bikers, ATV/dirtbike riders, flooded South Florida streets last year
MIAMI – South Florida drivers beware.
Local 10 News has learned that motorcycle, dirt bike and ATV riders plan to take to the streets again this Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Last year, hundreds of riders, many from out of state, took over many of South Florida's busiest roads.
Many were spotted driving erratically and popping wheelies.
"It's a tradition," one rider, who asked not to be identified, said.
Local 10 News has learned a task force has been meeting to come up with a plan to deal with the situation.
Officers with Miami-Dade Police, the Florida Highway Patrol and Miami Police have been meeting all week, but law enforcement's plans remain under wraps.
Last year, police used helicopters to track and monitor the riders.
The Florida Highway Patrol policy says troopers cannot chase a motorcycle unless the rider has committed a forcible felony.
"We are between a rock and a hard place in this situation," trooper Joe Sanchez told Local 10 News last November. "If we chased them and they run through an intersection and kill someone, then the burden falls on us."
The riders often use social media to coordinate their meeting places and routes.
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