ATV crackdown expanding in Philadelphia

A new bill in Philadelphia aims to impose a hefty fine on those illegally riding an ATV on city-owned property.

ATV riders found on Philadelphia property would face forfeiture of the vehicle or a $2,000 fine under the bill proposed by the Nutter administration and introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.

“We have to raise the awareness that the fines are going to be increased,” she said. “And there’s some evidence to suggest that when folks know that there’s a monetary value attached to it — or monetary penalty attached to it — it tends to arrest the negative behavior.”

It’s already illegal to ride an ATV in the streets or parks of Philadelphia. Police would still have enforcement responsibilities, and Brown says that is a problem since catching ATV riders is not a priority for officers.

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“We need to talk about that,” she said. “There could be a role for the Philadelphia Parking Authority … we have to get all potential stakeholders at the table and figure out what we are going to do about it because clearly it’s out of control.”

A hearing on the bill has not been scheduled yet.

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