Bill Would Boost Fines for Illegal ATV Use

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A bill that would greatly increase the maximum penalties that cities and towns can impose for illegal use of all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and snowmobiles on public property is moving to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk.

Under the bill, approved unanimously by the Senate on Friday, the maximum penalty for a first-time violation would be $1,000. It would climb to $1,500 for a second violation and $2,000 for a third or subsequent violation. State law currently caps the fine for violating local ordinances and regulations at $250.

Sen. Martin Looney said ATVs and dirt bikes have created “a real nuisance and a safety hazard” in his city of New Haven. He said drivers illegally use the vehicles on public roads, weaving in and out of traffic and riding on sidewalks.

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