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Philly Police Can Confiscate, Fine ATV Riders In Violation Under New Bill

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PHILADELPHIA -

A bill that gives the Philadelphia Police Department the authority to confiscate any ATV operated or parked in violation was passed Thursday by City Council.

The bill, introduced by councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, restricts riders from operating, parking, stopping, placing or standing ATVs on public sidewalk or public property. That property includes parks and rec centers.

Under the bill, police can alternatively issue a $2,000 fine if riders can prove the value of the vehicle is in excess of $2,000.

The passing of the bill comes as the city has attempted to get a hold on riders who use ATVs illegally.

"I have made clear that this is step one in a multi-step process," Councilwoman Reynolds Brown said in a statement.

"First we have to get a handle on public safety, giving police the enforcement tools they need to crack down on what remains in illegal activity - riding ATVs in our public sidewalks, streets and parks."

The city says other larger cities have implemented similar solutions, including sting operations in New York City and Baltimore.

Councilwoman Reynolds Brown says she wants to work closely with the Mayor's Office, Police and the community along with ATV enthusiasts to examine the best practices for Philadelphia.

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