Neighbors Fed Up With ATV Drivers Joy Riding On Sidewalks

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

People who live in a north Wichita neighborhood are fed up with sharing their streets and sidewalks with ATV drivers.

Betty and Keith Brewer have lived in the Sherwood Glenn neighborhood for 52 years and for 52 years they've taken a long walk every evening.

"Dog doesn't pout and we get our exercise,” Keith Brewer said.

In just the last year, they say their walks have been a little too action packed.

"Well we have to get out the way,” Keith Brewer said.

“And we don't jump very fast anymore so,” Betty Brewer said.

The couple says people riding ATV's have taken to cutting through their neighborhood, even using their sidewalks, to go for joyrides in the big ditch.

"And as we were walking up on the sidewalk one came up behind us and we just had a terrible time getting out of the way. We were afraid we were going to get hit,” Betty Brewer said.

"And not only do they ride in the big ditch, which is illegal because it is posted no trespassing, but also to get there they drive through the neighborhoods,” Sgt. Ed Brower with the Wichita Police Department said.

Driving ATV's on city streets is illegal because they're not registered vehicles. Plus, police say the ATV drivers are putting themselves in danger by driving on busy streets with full sized cars.

Betty and Keith Brewer say they want whoever is tearing through their neighborhood to find a safer place to ride around.

“We'd like to keep walking in the neighborhood without getting run over,” Keith Brewer said.

Police say if you see an ATV cruising around your neighborhood, call 911 and tell the operator you want an officer to make contact and talk with you. That gives officers the most information and the best chance to catch the driver in the act.

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