D.C. Police Offer $250 for Reporting Illegal Dirt Bikes and ATVs

If you spot a dirt bike and tell police, you could get a $250 reward.

The Metropolitan Police Department is now offering the money in exchange for information on illegal dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles and mini-bikes being driven in the District. 

"Mini-bikes, dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles and other motorized bikes and multi-wheeled vehicles pose a danger to pedestrians and other motorists and are illegal to operate on DC's streets," a flier being distributed to residents of the MPD's 6th District says. 

Anyone who sees operators of the vehicles -- who often zip through streets and sidewalks, sometimes in large groups -- is asked to call 202-727-9099 or text 50411 and give a description of the vehicle, its operator and where it was being driven.

The reward will be given if the tip leads to the recovery of the vehicle, police said. 

Fourteen people riding dirt bikes and ATVs were wanted by police in May in connection to the shooting death of local news reporter Charnice Milton.

Milton, 27, was shot and killed May 27 on the 2700 block of Good Hope Road SE as she waited for a bus. The shooter was riding a dirt bike and was trying to hit someone in another group of riders, Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.

No one has been charged with her death.

D.C. Councilman Kenyan McDuffie introduced legislation last month that would slam riders with as much as six months in jail and a $1,000 fine after they're caught riding on city streets for a third time.

Currently, those caught riding ATVs or dirt bikes in D.C. face the possibility of 30 days in jail, a fine as high as $250 fine or both. The penalty is the same no matter how many times a rider is found in violation. 

The bill would require all dirt bike and ATV owners to register their bikes with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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