Over 100 bikes swarm the streets of Miami for the annual Wheels Up, Guns Down ride
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida. – Law enforcement agencies were fanned out across South Florida on Monday as officers, lawmakers and soldiers prepared for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day horseback ride known as Wheels Up, Guns Down.
In the past, this has caused major problems on the road, with hundreds of illegal vehicles taking over roads and highways, disobeying traffic rules.
Monday wasn’t as eventful on the road as in previous years, which is good.
Entrances and exits to several freeways, including the Florida Turnpike, were patrolled by officers to ensure no dangerous illegal vehicles entered the busy roads.
Shortly after 4:00 p.m., a group of riders on ATVs and what appeared to be dirt bikes were in the area of State Road 7 and Pembroke Road. They were seen running a red light and causing other drivers to slam on their brakes.
In Miami, more than 100 cyclists rode north of downtown around Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 24th Street.
They briefly merged with I-95 and eventually made their way north to Northeast 63rd Street.
Some of those cyclists told Local 10 News they didn’t want to harm others, but law enforcement, who pursued many of these riders from behind, said the stunts they performed could be deadly.
As of 9 p.m., Miami-Dade Police said they had made two felony arrests, one traffic arrest and one bicycle impounded.
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