Dirt bikes, ATVs towed in crack­down

Pawtucket Times - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — Prov­i­dence of­fi­cials say the city has towed 82 recre­ational ve­hi­cles in an ef­fort to crack down on dirt bikes and ATVs be­ing driven il­le­gally.

The Prov­i­dence Po­lice De­part­ment said Thurs­day that it has towed these ve­hi­cles and is­sued 91 sum­monses over the past sev­eral months. Dozens of ve­hi­cles are pend­ing for­fei­ture.

In May, the Prov­i­dence City Coun­cil passed an or­di­nance al­low­ing po­lice to con­fis­cate and de­stroy il­le­gal off-road ve­hi­cles. It voted in July to cre­ate a task force to crack down on dirt bikes and ATVs be­ing driven il­le­gally through the city.

There had been com­plaints of peo­ple speed­ing dan­ger­ously through pub­lic parks and caus­ing dam­age. Of­fi­cials say the sta­tis­tics prove their ef­forts are work­ing. Demo­cratic Mayor Jorge Elorza says dirt bikes and ATVs won't be tol­er­ated on city streets.

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