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Stiffer Fines Sought For ATV Offenders

Public hearing set for Aug. 2 to discuss proposal to amend town recreational vehicle use law.

After receiving numerous complaints regarding illegal recreational vehicle use in town parks, the Huntington Town Board is considering a resolution to enforce stiffer penalties against offenders.

Seeking to protect the safety and welfare of the public from adverse effects of recreational vehicle use, the proposed ammendment to Section 1 Chapter 193 of the village code would make illegal recreational vehicle use a misdemeanor, punishable by fines up to $15,000 for repeat offenses. First offenders would be subject to fines between $100 and $500, or 10 days in jail.

Currently, violation of the code is not a misdeamenor, with maximum fines of $1000 or 20 days in jail for repeat offenders.

The restrictions would apply to operators of dirtbikes, minibikes, all-terrain vehicles, motorbikes and snowmobiles.

A 7 p.m. public hearing has been set for Aug. 2 at village hall to discuss the issue.

B July 13, 2011 at 07:55 PM
Cant the town enforce the current laws. How about the same punishment for a pet deficating on anothers lawn, or better yet, the garbage man leaving leftover debris on the street, in front of ones house, right after they came to pick up trash?
Dave July 15, 2011 at 06:59 AM
Finally, some enforcement that will put teeth into these rules. The trails in so many parks are absolutely destroyed by these vehicles, and the drivers often show complete disregard for hikers and others enjoying some quiet, off-line time. My heartfelt congratulations.
Brian July 24, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Commet to Dave. I'm pretty sure the trails have been there as long as the park has been and the members of c.l.I.m.b hav been cutting and destroying the woods not atv riders. Why is it that u can have quiet off line time at that park and every other park and beach on the island but when I want to go riding which I love doing because it is my way of getting "off line"? Hypothetically the town decides to stop hikers, bike riders, horse back riders, atvs and complete use of the park. Would you or anybody be completely ok with that? Not being able to use the land at all?

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