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New York village proposes confiscating bicycles from reckless youth riders

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — A New York village is considering giving its code enforcers the ability to impound bicycles seen being used recklessly by anyone under the age of 16.

Newsday reports the village of Babylon on New York’s Long Island has been dealing with complaints from residents saying these young bicyclists block traffic and occasionally play chicken with drivers — riding head-on toward cars and veering off last minute.

The village is considering an ordinance that would allow its village code enforcement officers, who are not police officers, to confiscate bicycles from anyone under the age of 16.  They would then call the violator’s parents and later return the bike.

Currently, the village can only write violations for disorderly conduct for anyone 16 and older.  Those violators can be fined up to $250 and/or be imprisoned up to 15 days for such an act.

The village said it doesn’t foresee fining many people.

The Suffolk County Police Department, which has actual law enforcement jurisdiction over the village, supported the effort.

The village will be holding a public hearing before making a decision.



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