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May 29, 2014

ATV use banned in New Castle

NEW CASTLE — The operation of all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes will be prohibited in New Castle under an ordinance adopted Wednesday.

City council acted on the ordinance following complaints by residents about youngsters speeding through their neighborhoods on ATVs with no regard for people or property.

Council introduced the ordinance last week and adopted it at a special meeting Wednesday. It will take effect 20 days after Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo signs it into law. Mastrangelo said he intends to sign it Thursday.

The ordinance states that its intention is to “prevent a public nuisance.”

All areas of the city are covered by the ban, including all streets and public or private property.

The measure covers recreational motorized vehicles, which are defined as “any self-propelled motorized vehicle used for recreational purposes, including a trail bike or other all-terrain vehicle, dirt bike, motor scooter, moped or snowmobile being used for off-road recreational purposes.”

Violators, which include owners and operators of the vehicles, will be subject to a fine ranging from $50 to $200, plus the costs of prosecution for the first offense. For each subsequent offense, the fine will be $100 to $300, plus the cost of prosecution.

Police may confiscate and impound any vehicle operated in violation of the ordinance.

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