LaPlace, La. (BRProud) – Riding an ATV or dirt bike is a common site in Louisiana and the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office wants to make sure the public uses them safely.
SJPSO says it has received complaints about the reckless usage of “four-wheelers in neighborhoods on the east and west banks of St. John Parish.”
The sheriff’s office made a video available which shows what authorities see on occasion:
“In some incidents, drivers committing these reckless acts are terrorizing our citizens,” Sheriff Mike Tregre said. “we are going to enforce the law. We want to keep all of our citizens safe.”
Sheriff Tregre says that when police show up, ATV drivers have a tendency to congregate and drive in a more erratic fashion.
The law states “that operating all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles on public roadways is illegal,” according to the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office.
If you choose to do so, you could be given a citation by police.
SJPSO says along with the citation, “the vehicle also may be towed and impounded at the owner’s expense.”
At this juncture, the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office has taken hold of 10 four-wheelers and one dirt bike.