I would imagine if someone had their motorcycle seized in a criminal offense, it would certainly keep them from committing other criminal offenses on that motorcycle. – Sgt. Don Peritz to WFAA News.
Thanks to a recent WFAA investigation, and subsequent story, the volume demanded for new and used motorcycles may increase in the near future. That’s because the Dallas Sheriff’s department is planning to seize motorcycles from stunt riders when, and if, they are found. Of course – as Sgt. Peritz honestly points out, that will only keep them from doing the same thing “on that motorcycle.”
It is definitely difficult to perform stunts on a motorcycle that has been impounded.
But does this mean stunt riders will have a change of heart? Or does it mean they’ll just turn around and obtain another motorcycle to continue stunt riding?
Food for thought.
WFAA goes on to display correlation data that indicates most of NTTA’s troublesome stunt riders are frequenters of High Five Cycles on LBJ on Thursday evenings. It’s a not-so subtle way of telling police where to find and impound offenders’ motorcycles. It’s also a way to hurt business at High Five. Who really wants to hang out at a place where a cyclist sting operation is going down?
What this DOES do, however, is point out the root problem. People enjoy hobbies with other people. Readers join book clubs. Personal injury lawyers join NAPIL. Of course WFAA is going to see a high volume of traffic immediately following a gathering of 300 motorcyclists – cycling is an activity, not a spectator sport (at least not for the owners!)
Rather than impound vehicles, officials should consider partnering with High Five and motorcycle enthusiasts to establish an approved route for riders to take – and perform stunts on if they wish – on Thursdays after 10 pm.
Probably not my best idea ever, but it’s a step in the right direction. Impounding motorcycles will not change the passion – and the passion is what causes problems.
Cycle safely, Dallas.