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Salt Lake City police cracking down on 999 Ride crime

Jun 14, 2024, 9:00 AM

SLCPD say after criminal behavior among cyclists on the 999 ride...they are enforcing and educating...

A whale sculpture is displayed in the 9th and 9th area of Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Salt lake City Police say after criminal behavior among cyclists on the 999 ride. They are enforcing and educating riders on the law. (Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

(Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department is cracking down on criminal behavior from people participating in a popular, weekly, community bike ride.

The 999 Ride starts at 900 South and 900 East at 9 p.m. every Thursday. Participants pedal together through the city.

Unfortunately, Salt Lake City Police Detective Dalton Beebe said they received about 200 calls about criminal behavior between January 2021 and July of last year.

“We’ve had reports of things like public intoxication, property damage [and] vessels blocking roadways, things of that nature,” he said.

Last week they conducted an operation to monitor the ride. Police ended up giving three warnings, nine citations and making one arrest.

Beebe said they want to continue to encourage cyclists not to bike intoxicated and to follow all the traffic laws as they go about their ride. While they want people to have fun, it’s important for cyclists to stick to the law, Beebe said.

Heather Peterson is a reporter and producer for KSL NewsRadio. She also produces Utah’s Noon News.

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Salt Lake City police cracking down on 999 Ride crime