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9/2/2017 - PG Co. Takes Steps to Thwart Illegal ATVs on Public Streets
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Upper Marlboro (AP) --
Prince George's County police have a new tire deflating tool that stop people who drive ATVs and dirt bikes illegally on public roads.
Police tell The Washington Post the department will deploy the device this weekend.
The device is a series of short poles that officers can toss in the road ahead of a dirt bike. The poles contain sharp inserts that flatten tires.
Authorities say the device will force those driving ATVs illegally on highways and public roads to stop. Such drivers typically ignore commands to pull over.
Police say swarms of off-road vehicles have choked streets in downtown D.C., the National Harbor and other parts of the area, endangering motorists and pedestrians.
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