Central Florida authorities crack down on ATV groups

Many riders from South Florida and Tampa area
Posted at 11:23 AM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 11:23:56-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff deputies in central Florida say they are cracking down on groups of ATV riders who have hit a sheriff's deputy and assaulted a pregnant woman and her husband after a fender-bender.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Thursday that police agencies throughout central Florida met this week to plan tactics for discouraging the groups of all-terrain-vehicle and motorcycle riders.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the riders run red lights, pop wheelies and weave in and out of traffic on city streets, toll roads and Florida's Turnpike. It's illegal to ride ATVs on public roads.

Last weekend, deputies arrested 12 riders, most of whom were from South Florida and the Tampa area. The riders were loosely organized groups who referred to their gathering as "Orlando ride-out" on social media sites.