Sunday, September 21, 2008


The Amherst Police Department has received numerous complaints through phone calls, e-mails, council members and downtown business owners of juvenile and young adult bicyclists riding without due regard for the safety and rights of other pedestrians and vehicular traffic. The complaints also referenced juvenile and young adult skate boarders and pedestrian traffic whose actions hinder the free movement of vehicular traffic and cause damage on private and public property.

A common method employed by law enforcement to reduce violations of law is to raise public awareness through advertisement and proactive enforcement.

Therefore, as a public service announcement, the Amherst Police Department would like to announce that in the upcoming weeks, patrol officers will proactively enforce necessary laws throughout the city with special attention to the school and downtown areas. Pedestrian and Bicyclists who operate in the City of Amherst are governed by Amherst Codified Ordinance Chapters 371 and 373, which can be found online at and clicking on the Codified Ordinance Online link. In addition, Chapter 311.03 discusses the use of Toy Vehicles on Streets.

Young adults and parents of juveniles should familiarize themselves with the current laws as they pertain to the above issues as it will help ensure the continued safety of not only themselves, but of other residents and visitors of the city.



Anonymous PeedAmherstResident said...

Yeah, now they need to do something about all the idiots here in Amherst that BLOW through stop signs like they are a piece of artwork. STOP means a COMPLETE stop, not tap the brake pedal to flash the lights, then BLOW through.

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is one statement that goes for any city. You tell it like it is. Bravo.

1:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the procedure for making a citizens arrest?

How much is a citizen allowed to do to detain someone until the police arrive?

1:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see someone drive through a stop sign.

I get their license plate number and call it in while I am driving behind them.

I am willing to go to court to testify.

Will the police back me up?

1:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to see some of the parents do their own policing. Maybe they'd catch their teenage daughter walking down the street dropping "f" bombs while my 1 year old is playing in the yard.

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

discourage kids from phsyical activity such as riding bikes, skateboards, and roller discos. If this works out for Amherst hopefully the kids will stop playing and start smoking drugs in back alleys where they belong.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one is saying kids cannot ride their bikes or skateboards. This action is in reference to the kids that pay no attention to basic street safety lessons we all learned at Safety Town. They are hanging out in the middle of the street and skateboarders are executing jumps off the curb into the street without regard to traffic. The same problem is arising with walkers. I was stopped in the middle of the street while a group of teenagers slowly shuffled to the sidewalk. There is no reason for anyone to disregard their own personal safety and that's exactly what some of these kids are doing; intentionally or unintentially.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

must be nice that the biggest problem amherst law enforcment and citizens have to worry about is reckless children on skateboards and bicycles. where i live police have to concentrate on real crimes like murder, robberies and drug deals.

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

by far the worst intersection is church and park.. NO ONE stops there. maybe 1 out of every 20 vehicles. Some even drive through with a little speed. I'm downtown all day almost everyday and the kids on the bikes actually are a problem. its not a over exaggeration by any means. with all the taxes and parks in amherst, maybe they should look into creating a public bike/skateboard park like many communities are building.

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the teens and children in Amherst need a rec center or even a skate park. I live and in Amherst and am downtown constantly and never had any trouble with kids! I think Amherst needs to take care of their children...they are our future ;)

1:14 PM  

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