LANCASTER – The city of Lancaster and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are cracking down on the illegal use of mini motorcycles, including pocket bikes, mini bikes, and pit bikes, on local roadways and highways, authorities announced.
“Enhanced enforcement measures, including increased patrols, targeted operations, and public awareness campaigns, will be employed to ensure compliance with traffic laws and to protect the well-being of our community,” according to a news release from the city of Lancaster.
The enforcement measures are aimed at educating the community on the laws regarding mini motorcycles, promoting safety, and addressing the growing nuisance faced by residents and local businesses.
“The incessant noise and disturbances caused by these vehicles disrupt the peace and tranquility of our communities. Additionally, reckless riding and disregard for traffic laws create an atmosphere of chaos and endanger the safety of pedestrians and other road users,” the city news release states.
“We are proud to partner with the LASD in Lancaster to help address this ongoing issue,” Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said in the news release. “We urge all individuals to comply with the law and prioritize the safety and well-being of everyone in our city.”
Mini motorcycles are compact motorcycles that are typically smaller than traditional motorcycles and designed for off-road use only. But some residents have been operating these vehicles on public roads and highways, which is illegal and puts motorists and pedestrians at risk, officials said.
“The city of Lancaster would like to remind all residents and visitors that operating mini motorcycles on public roadways is strictly prohibited under California state law. The California Vehicle Code (CVC) section 21720 clearly defines these vehicles as off-road motorcycles and restricts their use to private property, designated off-road areas, or racetracks,” according to the news release.
Mini motorcycles are not equipped with safety features such as lights, turn signals, mirrors, and proper tires, making them highly susceptible to accidents and collisions. Their small size and limited visibility make it difficult for other motorists to anticipate their movements, further increasing the likelihood of accidents. Additionally, most riders are minors and do not wear appropriate safety gear, which places them in great danger of serious injury.
Officials said operating mini motorcycles on public roads can result in citations, fines, and even impoundment of the vehicle. Parents are also responsible for paying the fines their minor children incur.
“We will be conducting directed patrols in furtherance of the mission to control the illegal use of mini motorcycles,” said Captain Lecrivain of LASD’s Lancaster Station. “Reports of illegal mini motorcycles can be made to the non-emergency phone line at the station or at LACrimestoppers.org.”