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Groups of bikers seen doing dangerous stunts around Jacksonville

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – There is outrage over what some Jacksonville residents describe as road warriors terrorizing the city on motorcycles.

Several people that News4JAX does not identify with for fear of reprisals complain of large groups of bikers who in recent weeks have performed dangerous stunts in traffic.

Neighbors and motorists said it happened in broad daylight and sometimes at night – large groups of motorcyclists putting themselves and others at risk.

They also say that these groups of motorcyclists rev their engines on quiet residential streets at night while people try to sleep.

Cellphone video from Saturday captured what appears to be hundreds of motorcyclists obstructing traffic at the intersection of the Phillips Expressway and University Boulevard. A woman who was with her husband and their one-year-old child in a car was trying to cross the intersection.

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“They were doing wheelies, spinning, donuts on the road,” she said.

When the light turned green, she said she tried to navigate the chaos and eventually succeeded, but said two of the motorcyclists appeared to be following her very closely, then pulled up next to her, then moved in front of her and continued to stare at her. before taking off.

“I have a baby in the car and at the same time I think someone is going to get hurt, whether it’s one of these people or someone else on the road who doesn’t understand what’s going on. going on,” she said. mentioned. “It was very intimidating. I felt like they were going to follow my every move.

Not far away, another motorist recorded video of what appeared to be a one-mile stretch of the same group of motorcyclists failing to stop to let traffic pass a green light.

“There were motorcycles without labels. Wheelies are performed by quad riders. Wheelies are performed with passengers in the back,” one man said.

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“Doing tricks. Getting in and out of traffic. Pushing a van off the road. Vehicles slowed down enough to bring other bikers ahead of them,” his wife added.

This couple and the woman who felt they were being followed called 911 to report reckless driving.

“At this point it almost becomes localized domestic terrorism, especially when you have a group of motorcyclists and ATV riders occupying over a mile of two lanes and terrorizing anyone who gets in their way,” said said the man.

On Nextdoor.com, someone wrote: “I have no problem with a group motorcycle ride, and if they want to act like they’re 16 and break their necks, that’s fine too . But when they surround me and my family and start hitting our vehicles threateningly, they have crossed a line.

Councilman Matt Carlucci said he personally witnessed a large group of motorcyclists performing dangerous stunts through San Marco, doing wheelies along San Marco Blvd. And he said he has been made aware of how other motorists are treated when complaining to motorcyclists.

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“I’ve had people tell me they’ve been threatened. They are treated rudely as these people parade through their neighborhoods,” Carlucci said.

News4JAX has learned that on Friday night, more than 100 bikers were at a Gate gas station in Brooklyn. A petrol station worker told News4JAX it was so crazy that night that she saw one of the motorcyclists almost run over a child in the parking lot.

A San Marco owner said he also enjoys riding motorcycles, but was concerned about what he witnessed near his home. He said it would be impossible for a single policeman to stop the whole group without an abundance of reinforcements.

“The only way I think they’ll ever be able to stop him is for some cops to infiltrate the group and roll with them so they can have plans to set up an area where they can lock them all down. “said the San Marco resident.

But it’s not just street stunts that worry people, it’s also loud motorcycle engines they hear at night while trying to sleep.

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“It’s almost so loud and disturbing that you feel like they’re going to cause an accident and come straight into your house,” a witness said.

Carlucci said this has become a serious issue that will likely be raised at the city’s next transportation meeting.

He said if that was the case, he would like members of JSO to be present to see what can be done to stop this behavior before someone is killed.

There are several motorcycle groups in the Jacksonville area, but News4JAX cannot confirm who they are. We do know, however, that some of the riders have started posting their videos on YouTube and the police will likely use those videos as evidence.

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