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Officials consider police ATV patrolling

August 5, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — Dirt bike and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders who disregard traffic laws and ride on posted property in town better watch out: the police may soon be rolling out its own ATV's to catch and prosecute scofflaws.
The local police department, which has been unable to effectively catch dirt bike and ATV riders who break the law, has asked the Town Council to consider approving a police ATV patrol program that would allow police officers to patrol woods, pathways and other areas that squad cars cannot easily access.
At the council's meeting last week, Town Manager Michael C. Wood said the problem of dirt bikes and ATV's on private and town property has been an ongoing problem for years, but that everything the town has done so far to curb the problem has been ineffective.
In 2010, for example, the Town Council adopted amendments to the town's general ordinances, which created no parking and tow zones on Gazza Road and Peach Orchard Road. Both amendments, which were intended to put more bite into local laws governing recreational vehicles on public and private property, were drafted by the town's Ordinance Submcommittee following complaints from Mapleville residents who appeared before the council to complain about noise from dirt bikes and ATV's in the nearby sandpits off Gaza Road.

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