City officials look to crackdown on ATV speeding - WFSB 3 Connecticut

City officials look to crackdown on ATV speeding

Earlier this month, hundreds of all terrain vehicles and dirt bikes ripped through the streets and highways of Hartford.

Police said they know very well that officers will not chase them for liability and safety reasons and that's why they are so brazen. But, now city officials are stepping in. 

Eyewitness News obtained video of Hartford at a complete standstill earlier this month as hundreds of atvs, motorcycles and dirtbikes took over. The video is one of many uploaded onto Youtube under the name Hartford Bike Life.

The description for Hartford Bike Life said riders all over the tristate area were in Hartford. In the video, a massive line makes it onto the highway with some riders even popping wheelies for all to see.

"There are times when people do stunts and stuff like that without helmets and people do those stunts in an intersection where they don't have a helmet or can see in front of them where there's maybe a school bus with a stop sign out and there will be children crossing through the traffic," said Joy Blaque of Hartford. "So that's a concern for me. I fear danger."

After rising concerns from neighbors,  city councilman Joel Cruz has proposed a law that would now fine first time offenders $99. Until now, there hasn't been a fine.

"Yes they can't chase you but if you do get caught, whether it's at a gas station filling up, wherever you are if you're stopped, there will be a fine and it will be taken away," Cruz said.

A public hearing October was slated for Oct. 21.

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