LAS VEGAS, NV (WMC) - Las Vegas police aren't gambling on allowing the motorcycle mayhem on their streets to continue. About a dozen riders were detained and many more are under investigation after 100 to 150 riders caused chaos on the city's streets.
The riders did burnouts, wheelies and in some cases even rode the wrong way on streets. Chopper video from local television stations shows the huge crowd and the problems they caused Sunday in the area. Metro police launched an "organized response" to what they call an increasing problem of motorcycle riders showing out there. Police say at least one of the bikers caused an injury accident.
Motorcyclists have been speeding and riding recklessly all over the area according to Metro Lt. Jeff Goodwin.
"We have been able to make an organized response this time. We have about 20 plus officers working to track them down and we're picking them off one at a time," Goodwin said. "The ones who were involved in the accident at the boulevard fled, but we got them."
According to Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV, on several recent weekends, motorcyclists have formed in various parts of the valley and ridden in packs of 20 to 30 or more, blocking some intersections and roads while popping wheelies and doing donuts in major intersections.
Some of the "rides" were organized by motorcyclists from other parts of the country.
This is the kind of behavior that gives all kinds of motorcycle riders a bad reputation. It also damages the effort to provide more safety for riders out on the roads. When we ask drivers to watch out for us, and we behave like this, what do we expect?
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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.