Philadelphia cracks down on ATV, dirtbike riders

Publish Date: 
Oct 26, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Philadelphia City Council Oct. 25 approved legislation that would impose $2,000 fines on anyone caught riding ATVs on city sidewalks and in parks. The new law lets police destroy seized ATVs and dirt bikes.

The bill, which passed in a 15-2 vote, was sponsored by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown on behalf of Mayor Nutter. "There have been many more deaths due to ATVs than I ever imagined," Brown said. "It's a public-safety issue we could do something about."

After the mayor signs the bill, the law will go into effect March 1. Riding ATVs - intended as off-road vehicles - in the streets is already barred under state law, according to the Philadelphia Enquirer.

In the past, ATVs confiscated by police were typically sold back to riders at public auction. Under the new rules, the city could destroy seized vehicles.

Brown said she plans to visit an ATV park in New Jersey before the year is out and may help seek funding for an ATV park near Philadelphia. "I'm going to get on the ATV to see what's the thrill," she said.

Posted by Holly Wagner