Mayors from Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke announcing they're now working together to help get illegal riders off the streets encouraging the public to text in anonymous tips.

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Local leaders are coming together to crack down on illegal dirt bike riders across western Mass.

Mayors from Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke announcing they're now working together to help get illegal riders off the streets encouraging the public to text in anonymous tips.

“We're telling you what we’re doing now, but we’re not going to tell you everything we’re doing,” Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said.

City leaders from Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke joining forces to crack down on illegal dirt bike riders, a problem local cities and towns have been facing for far too long.

“Western Mass. has zero tolerance for what’s going on with these illegal riders and the havoc they’re creating throughout western Mass.,” Chicopee Mayor John Vieau said.

Officials now urging the public to text in tips anonymously to 274-637, seeking information on where illegal bikes are being stored and where riders are on the streets.

“You let us know where they are, and we’ll go get them,” Vieau said.

The cities’ efforts will turn into a regional effort as well while continuing to utilize the Mass State Police air wing to catch riders from the sky.

The mayors from Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke are all coming together Monday afternoon to announce new plans to get these illegal riders off the streets.

“This is also a public safety issue and they’re putting others at risk as well as themselves at risk so we have to do whatever we can legislatively,” Springfield City Councilor Orlando Ramos said.

Those efforts are well in the works, a controversial ban on gas sales at Springfield city pumps is still on the table, and a vote is expected on legislation that would give officers the right to destroy confiscated bikes in the near future.

Something city leaders hope will take illegal bikes off the roads for good.

“We cannot allow this kind of uncivil behavior to go unpunished,” Holyoke Mayor Terry Murphy said.

City leaders said they are doing more to crack down on these illegal riders but those plans aren’t being disclosed to the public.

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