On Wednesday, Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe and Police Chief Tammany Brooks will host a press conference ahead of a possible “Summer Rideout” coming to Antioch at a future date.
According to the Mayor, he will declare Antioch a “No Side Show Zone” while outlining steps the city will take in both prevention and enforcement. Thorpe said in a statement on social media sideshows and rideouts are dangerous and can cause innocent lives to be destroyed and that the city will take a “zero tolerance” approach.
The press conference will be at 11:00 am.
Rideouts, which are similar to sideshows, involved people coming to a city and using off-road vehicles on streets and sidewalks.
Back on May 10, the Antioch Police Department stated after a vehicle vs. ATV, that off-road vehicles are illegal on city streets.
3:00 pm UPDATE
Penalty for participating in Sideshows/Driving Off-Road vehicles on city streets:
- Subject to up to 90-days in jail
- Fines up to $1,000
- vehicle towed and stored for 30 days at your expense–costs runs in the $1,000’s
- May 29, 2021: In response to recent sideshows, Antioch Police and neighboring agencies provided proactive traffic enforcement tail netting 50 vehicle stops, 12 citations, 5 towed vehicles, 2 guns recovered and 1 arrest.
- May 22, 2021: over 150 cars converged into several areas in Contra Costa County and engaged in several side shows. APD officers were able to stop a group of the vehicles with the help of the allied agencies. 20 subjects were issued citations and 21 vehicles were placed on 30-day tows from this scene. More info
- May 10, 2021: Antioch Police responded to a report of a vehicle versus quad at Balboa Ct and Buchanan in the City of Antioch. the collision caused substantial damage and the ATV driver was thrown from his vehicle and was unresponsive when the first officers on scene arrived. While he did suffer substantial injuries, we are happy to learn that he is expected to survive this incident. More info
- April 18, 2021: approximently 150 vehicles made their way from Pittsburg to parts of Antioch where all directions of traffic were blocked by vehicles and spectators as a large-scale side show took place. Many then left city limits and headed to Brentwood. More info
- March 3, 2021: Antioch POA Issues Statement on Antioch’s Investigation of City Council Member Tamisha Torres-Walker. More info and full statement.
- Dec. 30, 2020: City Councilwoman Blasts Antioch Police Department after claiming police scared and hurt her son who was riding a dirt bike and quad on city streets this week. More info + video of rant.
Via Henshaw & Henry, PC,
Who Can Operate an ATV?
Many parents make the mistake of thinking that since ATVs are recreational vehicles, they are safe for children. This has led to thousands of serious child injuries and fatalities over the years. California Vehicle Code section 38304.1 states that on private property, parents and guardians cannot permit children younger than 14 years of age to operate ATVs or other off-road motor vehicles if the children cannot reach the controls of the vehicle.
Allowing a younger or shorter child to use an ATV could result in the parent or guardian’s liability for an accident. To operate an ATV on public lands, the driver must be at least 18 years old, unless he or she has completed ATV safety training, has a safety certificate or is under the supervision of an adult with a safety certificate. Drivers do not need licenses to operate ATVs. It is also not necessary to register ATVs, use license plates or purchase vehicle insurance.
Rules of the (Off) Road While ATVing
It is illegal to operate an ATV on highways in California. You may only operate an ATV off-highway. It is also unsafe to operate an ATV on asphalt or paved roads. Manufacturers do not design ATVs to drive on pavement. The tires can grip the hardtop with too much pressure, causing the ATV to flip. You or a loved one could suffer serious injuries in an ATV rollover accident. Always obey the rules in the owner’s manual when operating an ATV.
California’s ATV laws state that no one may operate an ATV at a speed that is unreasonable or not prudent for conditions. An ATV speed that is not prudent is one that puts the driver, passengers, or other people or property at risk of injuries or damages. It is also illegal to drive an ATV in a way that causes willful, wanton or unnecessary damage to wildlife, farmland or natural habitats.
If you are operating an ATV at night, it must at least contain one headlight and a red rear lamp. The headlight needs a white light that is clearly visible from at least 200 feet away. Every ATV must also have a lighted red taillight that is visible from the rear. You must make these lights visible no later than 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise