New London — Metropolitan Police are again asking for the public’s help to keep dirt bikes and ATVs off the streets.
Police said illegal dirt bike and ATV use in the city is “extremely dangerous and of more than concern.” They asked for information to help officers investigate and identify the drivers.
The request included a call for people to take photos and video if they see illegal dirt bike and ATV riders – but only if it’s safe to do so, police stressed.
Officials have spoken for years about the dangers posed by drivers of illegal vehicles, going through stoplights, slamming wheelies, driving three or more abreast, and driving the wrong way on one-way streets.
“Let us know who these riders are and where these motorcycles/ATVs are being kept, and we can attempt to deal with this hazardous activity before someone is seriously injured or much worse,” police said in a Facebook message this week. Post.
In June 2018, the New London City Council passed an ordinance to Curb Illicit Use of Dirt Bikes and ATVs – banning all unregistered ATVs, dirt bikes, pocket bikes and mini-motorcycles on public roads and in parks, in schools and on sidewalks on private property without written permission of the property owner.
Drivers found in violation are subject to a fine of $1,000 for a first violation, $1,500 for a second violation, and $2,000 for a third violation and each subsequent violation. And passengers won’t hold onto their cash either, as they’ll be fined $100 for each offense. Retailers and car dealers must post a copy of the ordinance or face a $100 fine, and gas dealers are prohibited from selling gas to drivers.
Police said information, including photos and video, can be emailed to [email protected] or online at bit.ly/3nw3A67. Tips can also be sent anonymously through the NLPD Tips 411 system by texting “NLPDTip” plus the information to TIP411.