The New York Police Department struck a blow in the fight against illegal dirt bike riding in the city Tuesday when it used a pair of bulldozers to crush dozens of seized dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles live on Facebook. Back in April, DNA Info reported that the NYPD was stepping up its efforts to seize dirt bikes and ATVs, which are illegal to own and ride in the city, ahead of the summer months when they typically become endemic throughout the five boroughs. Over the course of the following weeks, NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton teased a "crush-in" where NYPD would crush the seized vehicles live to send a message to the city's illegal riders.

Finally, on May 17, Bratton lived up to his promise and the NYPD "crush-in" was streamed live on the New York city government's Facebook page. After a long wait while the NYPD crew got everything in order, Bratton surveyed the condemned bikes, gave a short speech, waved a checkered flag and the festivities got underway. Dozens of dirt bikes and ATVs were packed into a narrow space defined by a couple rows of NYPD portable barriers. A pair of big bulldozers then started up and proceeded to run back and forth across the row of vehicles like something out of a monster truck rally. A spirited discussion followed in the comments section in which government workers explained and defended the actions of the NYPD and answered a slew of questions.

The NYPD seized more than 300 bikes and ATVs by April, more than double the number collected during the same period in 2015, the department said. The police also have plans to raid known storage facilities and set up check points to catch riders in the act.

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