Operation Confiscation: A crackdown of illegal dirt bikes in Paterson

It’s called Operation Confiscation, a crackdown of illegal dirt bikes in Paterson -- but that's not all.

News 12 Staff

Aug 23, 2022, 4:14 PM

Updated 602 days ago

Share:

It’s called Operation Confiscation, a crackdown of illegal dirt bikes in Paterson -- but that's not all.
“ATVs, dirtbikes, motorcycles, all illegal -- terrorizing neighborhoods,” says Mayor Andre Sayegh.
Calls to City Hall are being answered in the form of Operation Confiscation, Paterson’s answer to those who want to see the type of illegal activity off their streets. 
“We’ve heard it from residents, we’ve heard it from business owners,” says Sayegh. “It serves as an impediment to their businesses because people are reluctant if they start seeing these vehicles just all over the place demonstrating a sense of lawlessness.”
The zero-tolerance approach has led to more than a dozen vehicles seized and now sitting in the impound lot instead of running red lights and creating havoc. 
“They travel in packs sometimes, as many of 75 right,” says Sayegh. “They’re on the sidewalks, they going to our parks, they do damage in our fields, and we fix so many fields in Paterson. Now you’re gonna have knuckleheads on these toys of terror due serious damage to fields that our children are playing on, and quite frankly, people are scared.”
Sayegh says Operation Confiscation is an ongoing commitment and is far from over. He says city council is working to adopt legislation that allows literally destroying the illegal vehicles that are confiscated.  


More from News 12