Sen. Fasano Proposes Doubling Fines for Trespassing ATVs

Do you think steeper fines would keep ATVs off municipal and private property?


There was much discussion after the issue of ATVs and snowmobiles was brought up at the Jan. 8 Town Council meeting, both at the meeting and in the comments on the article "Trespassing ATVs and Snowmobiles Lead to Shots Fired."

While many said that the focus should be on "a resident firing multible shots with parents and children present," according to Justice for all, others discussed the legality of ATV use. 

James Dwyer said, "...Trespassing on farmers' property or someone's property is against the law. There should be registration of all ATVS and snowmobiles in town. There are noise laws in this town that should be followed by all....More cooperation and discussion of this topic is needed by all."

Some commenters made suggestions toward finding a resolution, including steve g, who said, "Maybe the town could take some of there land and give them a place to ride legally. Make them register charge a small fee for up keep kind of like the vast does in vt for snowmobiles."

Earlier this week on Jan. 16, Senator Len Fasano (34th District) proposed Bill No. 166, which would "double any fine for the unauthorized operation of all-terrain vehicles on municipal or private land without the written permission of the land owner." The bill has been referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Do you think higher fines would help keep ATVs off municipal or private land?


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curio January 18, 2013 at 12:04 PM
seems like a step in the right direction. However, since the police cannot apprehend these lawbreakers most of the time, the threat will continue.
resident January 18, 2013 at 01:28 PM
some of this so called land they are talking about is town property (auger field)
Sola January 18, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Doubling the fines will have no effect at all.
JoeyV January 18, 2013 at 01:45 PM
if you can't catch them, you can't fine them parents should know what their kids are up to when they buy these toys for them.


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