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Newest recreational bikes causing safety concerns

By Ben Tinsley

Star-Telegram Staff Writer


They're all over streets and sidewalks across Tarrant County, ridden by kids as young as 6. Pocket bikes are cheap, fast and portable.

But they're not street legal, and they're dangerous, police say.

"Lord, it's just a matter of time before somebody gets killed on one of those things," Dallas police Senior Cpl. Anita Dickason said. "Nothing that does 50 mph on a public road should be considered a toy."

In Keller, "we get complaints about them two or three times a day -- mostly on the southern end of town. But by the time we send an officer out, they are gone," said police Lt. Tommy Williams. "I think people are so used to seeing them, they don't call on them anymore."

Most Texas police agencies do not track pocket-bike or motorized-scooter accidents, said Clifton Burdette, coordinator of the Texas Department of Public Safety's motorcycle safety unit in Austin.

Dallas, however, started doing so this year and has counted a dozen accidents with injuries ranging from a fractured ankle to numerous cuts and bruises.

If the pocket bike's popularity continues, Dickason said, the accidents could become more severe and the injuries fatal.

That was the case in New York in July, when a 19-year-old Queens man fleeing from police on a pocket bike hit a pothole, wiped out in an alley and was killed, according to the New York Daily News. Last month, a 6-year-old boy was killed in England when his pocket bike crashed into a park pavilion in Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, according to The Times of London.

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These parents buying these for their kids need to be beatin!!! :chair:
 

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When I was 7, my dad welded/modified a bicycle frame, put a chainsaw motor on it and I had a mini bike to run around the field. When I was 10, he bought me a Honda Mini trail 70 with it's 3 speed no clutch tranny. It would run 45 mph and was street legal. We just had better supervision than kids today. I mean when I was a kid, we all had wood burning sets, daisey BB guns and LAWN DARTS!!! and no one died.
 

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i remember getting in trouble just for riding my big green machine along the street when I was kid, and that had no engine!! sheesh, times change dont they!!!
 

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I agree. We as kids were watched closer then alot of the kids now. I as a parent watch what my child is doing and try my best to be sure he is not getting into trouble or doing something stupid to get into trouble. Most of the problems we are hearing about has to do with bad parenting skills and they are the ones that need to be beat. Just my :2cents:
 
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