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Pocket bikes create problems, danger

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Mini motorcycles called "pocket bikes" are becoming more and more popular.

The tiny motorcycles provide thrills for people who don't want to pay a lot for a motorcycle, but don't like mopeds. Pocket bikes typically sell for just $300 to $600.

But police departments across the country say they are especially dangerous for several reasons. Because they are so small, they are difficult to see. And because the scale-model racers, mostly Chinese imports, can exceed 35 mph, riders are more likely to zip in and out of traffic. Some riders ignore all traffic laws.

In some parts of the country, the little bikes can be driven only on private property. They are banned from sidewalks and streets.

In Philadelphia, when riders are stopped for traffic violations, their bikes can be confiscated and destroyed if the rider can't provide proof of ownership.

In New York, police ticket riders if their bikes are not insured or they are not licensed. To qualify as a legal motor vehicle in New York state, bikes must have mirrors and lights and be registered.

Got a pocket bike? Thinking of getting one? It's true that they can be a form of inexpensive transportation. But remember the dangers. Never drive recklessly, and be sure to obey traffic laws.

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