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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: April 25, 2023 03:28 PM
From: Senator Nick Miller and Sen. Mike Regan
To: All Senate members
Subject: Title 75 ATV Dirt bike Changes
Soon, we will introduce legislation that would expand Act 92 of 2022, which prevents the operation of dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on roadways in urban municipalities and provides for the forfeiture and disposal of these illegally operated vehicles, to include 2nd, 2nd Class A, and 3rd Class Counties.

Recently, 40 or more motorbikes & ATVs were racing along Interstate 78 in Upper Macungie Township and onto Route 100. The drivers of these vehicles swerved in and out traffic, performed wheelies and steadfastly ignored the lights and sirens of pursuing state troopers. 

Additionally, in July 2022, an unmarked car from the attorney general’s office, on its way to a hospital with an Allentown police detective who had suffered a serious arm injury, ended up behind a group of dirt bikes and ATVs on Tilghman Street in South Whitehall Township. The unmarked car had its lights and sirens on but the swarm of riders wouldn’t make way. One ATV driver popped wheelies and swerved left and right every time the driver tried to pass. 

These dangerous actions put not only our law enforcement officers at risk but also pedestrians and the motoring public. Therefore, our bill further amends Title 75 to add ATVs and dirt bikes to section 3733 regarding fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. It also adds ATVs and dirt bikes to section 3746 regarding reckless driving, applicable only in urban municipalities, including the added counties. By adding these we hope to curb the increasing use of these vehicles on our streets and endangering citizens in the process. 

We hope that you will join us in sponsoring this piece of legislation. 

Introduced as SB834