Motorbike groups seen executing harmful stunts close to JacksonvilleApril 12, 2022
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There is outrage over what some Jacksonville people are describing as highway warriors terrorizing the town on bikes.
Various men and women News4JAX is not pinpointing over fears of retaliation are complaining about big teams of bikers who in current months have been undertaking harmful stunts in visitors.
Neighbors and motorists reported it’s taking place in broad daylight and sometimes at night — significant teams of motorcyclists placing by themselves and many others in harm’s way.
They also say these teams of motorcyclists roar their engines down silent residential streets at night although individuals are attempting to sleep.
Cell phone movie from Saturday captured what appears to be hundreds of motorcyclists hindering targeted traffic at the intersection of Phillips Highway and University Boulevard. A girl who was with her partner and their a person-calendar year-old in a car was hoping to get by means of the intersection.
“They had been popping wheelies, spinning all over, undertaking donuts in the highway,” she said.
When the light-weight turned green, she stated she tried out to navigate by way of the chaos and eventually received as a result of, but reported two of the motorcyclist appeared to observe her pretty closely, then received beside her, then moved in front of her and retained on the lookout back at her in advance of getting off.
“I’ve got a toddler in the auto and at the similar time, I’m considering another person is going to get damage, no matter whether it is one particular of all those people today or anyone else on the highway that does not understand what’s heading on,” she explained. “It was very scary. I felt like they ended up heading to abide by each individual shift I was building.”
Not also much from there, one more motorist recorded online video of what appeared to be a one-mile extend of the very same group of motorcyclists that would not prevent to let traffic with the green light-weight to move.
“There were being bikes that had no tags. Wheelies are remaining carried out by four-wheelers. Wheelies are remaining carried out with travellers on the back,” 1 man claimed.
“Doing tricks. Weaving in and out of traffic. Pushing a van off the road. Fairly considerably-slowing motor vehicles to get other bikers in entrance of them,” his wife additional.
Equally that couple and the lady who felt like she was becoming followed termed 911 to report reckless driving.
“At this place, it just about results in being localized domestic terrorism, specially when you have a team of motorcyclist and ATV drivers that had been using up properly over a mile of two lanes and terrorizing everybody that bought in their route,” the guy claimed.
On Nextdoor.com, anyone wrote: “I’ve obtained no problem with a group bike trip, and if they want to act like they’re 16 and crack their necks, that is fine way too. But when they encompass my spouse and children and me and start off beating on our cars in a threatening manner, they’ve crossed a line.”
City Councilman Matt Carlucci claimed he has personally witnessed a large team of motorcyclists executing unsafe stunts by means of San Marco, popping wheelies along San Marco Blvd. And he claimed he has been manufactured informed of how other motorists are bring taken care of when they complain to the motorcyclists.
“I’ve had persons notify me they’ve been threatened. They are handled rudely as these people today parade through their neighborhoods,” Carlucci said.
Information4JAX figured out that on Friday night, more than 100 motorcyclists were being at a Gate gas station in Brooklyn. A fuel station personnel told News4JAX it was so ridiculous that night time that she witnessed one particular of the motorcyclists virtually run around a little one in the parking lot.
A San Marco homeowner reported he also likes to ride motorcycles but is concerned about what he has witnessed near his house. He stated it would be impossible for a solitary law enforcement officer to prevent the total group without an abundance of backup.
“The only way I consider they will ever be able to stop it is to law enforcement officers infiltrate the team and journey with them so they can get programs to set up an region in which they can corral them all in,” the San Marco resident said.
But it is not just the road stunts that have folks fearful, it’s also the noisy motorbike engines they hear at evening while hoping to snooze.
“It’s almost so loud and disturbing that you feel like they are going to trigger an accident and come right into your house,” a witness stated.
Carlucci explained this has become a severe issue that will possible appear up in the upcoming metropolis transportation meeting.
He claimed if it does, he would like to have users of JSO existing to see what can be accomplished to cease this behavior in advance of an individual is killed.
There are quite a few motorcycle groups in the Jacksonville place but News4JAX can’t verify who they are. We do nevertheless know some of the riders have begun submitting their videos to YouTube and law enforcement will probably be working with individuals videos as proof.
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