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Bill would limit use of dirt bikes, ATVs in CT cities

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A bill, which cracks downs on where people can ride all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, passed the Connecticut Senate this week.

Senate Bill 463 limits and regulates the use of mini-motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs and snowmobiles on public property. Violators would receive fines for violations. 

"To prohibit the waiver of penalties for violations of municipal dirt bike or all-terrain vehicle ordinances and to require forfeiture and sale or destruction of dirt bikes or all-terrain vehicles used by persons found in violation of any such ordinance for a third or subsequent time," the bill states.

The bill would allow towns with more than 30,000 people to enforce ordinances against the mini-motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs and snowmobiles. Police could confiscate and/or destroy the violating vehicle. 

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin thanked state Sen. John Fonfara for "his leadership on this issue." 

"In Hartford and other cities across the state, illegal ATV and dirt bike use is wreaking havoc on our streets and putting kids and families in danger. Currently, our laws are not strong enough to deter the continued illegal operation of ATVs on city streets. This bill would allow for confiscation of machines that are being illegally operated, giving police officers the ability to crack down on illegal ATV and dirt-bike use. I urge the state House of Representatives to join the State Senate in supporting this important public safety measure," Bronin said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Following its adoption in the Senate, the bill heads to the house. 

To read the full bill, click here

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