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Motorcyclists shut down Beltway in Prince George’s County, Maryland

Look at this video (above) posted by Alyssa Ruth of what happened yesterday (Sunday) afternoon on the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway between Route 50 and Route 202 in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Imagine you are driving an emergency vehicle and had to deal with this. Unfortunately this activity is not all that unusual (though this one seems a bit larger and more organized).

Below is another video from 2013 that shows some similar activity from a biker’s helmet-cam.

Thanks to my old friend (and former fellow PGFD dispatcher) Jim Loor for finding this. Here’s more from Perry Stein at The Washington Post:

A large group of people on motorcycles and dirt bikes slowed traffic Sunday afternoon on the Capital Beltway, stopping to do wheelies in the middle of the lanes, and, in some instances, zooming in the wrong direction on the highway.

Maryland State Police officials say such occurrences are not unusual in warm weather, but that the number of motorcycles participating on Sunday was particularly high. L. Young, a Maryland State Police dispatcher, said the department fielded “thousands” of calls from motorists about it, with some callers reporting about 200 motorcycles on the roadway.

“It was overwhelming,” Young said.

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