MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hundreds of riders on two and four wheelers took to the streets of South Florida Monday to join the so-called “Wheels Up, Guns Down” event on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Motorcyclists could be seen speeding through the streets of Miami around 2:3o p.m. They made their way up I-95 through Miami, and west into Opa Locka and down into Liberty City, popping wheelies and blocking traffic.
One rider was even hit during the event while riding near NW 167th Street and 27th Avenue. A white car could be seen stopped at the intersection as someone laid on the street nearby. That rider’s condition is unknown at this time.
All this as law enforcement in Miami-Dade and Broward counties promised to crackdown on those who took part in the event that has become an annual event that draws hundreds of motorcyclists and ATV riders from across the country who take to the roads performing risky stunts.
“You’re doing these stunts, you may do a stunt and not see that there is a vehicle that jumps in front of you, and you could cause an accident, potentially killing yourself or someone from one of the other vehicles,” said Miami-Dade police Det. Jennifer Capote.
By 5:30 p.m., Miami-Dade Police had arrested eight people and seized two firearms. Authorities had also towed five vehicles and 31 ATVs, dirt bikes and motorcycles.
Around 3:30 p.m., dozens of bikers blocked traffic just South of 103rd Street and US-441 for a couple of minutes before continuing the ride.
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