As furor mounts over the NYPD's seeming inability to curb the hoards of illegal dirt bike riders who regularly terrorize the city, the department fired off a press release touting its motorcycle-confiscation efforts so far this year. The p.r. push comes days after a shocking video showed an SUV driver mowing down a group of motorcyclists, severely injuring one, and a high speed chase that ended with a brutal assault in Washington Heights.

The NYPD says:

Year to date (through Oct. 3), the NYPD has issued 5,498 summonses to motorcycle operators and seized 1,440 motorcycles, quad and dirt bikes - including 57 vehicles on Sunday, Sept. 29 - citywide.

Patrol personnel have made 437 arrests, including 187 for reckless endangerment or reckless driving. Other offenses include motorcyclists operating without a license or with a suspended license, without registration or insurance, or with altered VINs or license plate violations.

Across the city police have conducted 25 motorcycle-enforcement initiatives to deter and cite dangerous or illegal motorcycle and other motorized bike operation. This includes deployment of police helicopters which help to inform ground units of problematic areas.

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NYPD poster of "an initiative in Harlem’s 32nd Precinct encouraging the reporting of illegal and dangerous motorcycle operation is among dozens of motorcycle-enforcement initiatives conducted by NYPD in 2013."

Meanwhile, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. had a novel suggestion to stop illegal bike riders—gas stations should stop selling them gas.