UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV)— Over the last year, there has been an abundant of illegal ATV’s in the city of Utica. Dozens of residents have complained to the city about their dangerous and negative impacts on the quality of life.
“Today I am proposing to members of the common council new legislation that will impose a fine of roughly $500 dollars for any illegal operating ATV within city limits.” Robert Palmieri, Mayor of Utica
The ATV will also be confiscated, and the owner must reimburse the city for towing expense.
“And if an ATV is confiscated the owner will have to pay up to $2,500 dollars to retrieve the ATV. And if the owner does not claim the ATV after it’s been confiscated for 60 days the proposed ordinance allows the city to put it up for auction.” Robert Palmieri, Mayor of Utica
Palmieri says residents have complained about law enforcement not pursing people on ATV’s, Police Chief Mark Williams says it is extremely dangerous for the operator, pedestrians, and police officer
“Also, a lot of these pursuits are not even realistic because they do have off road capabilities and certainly a police officer is not going to drive into a field and try to pursue them.” Mark Williams, Utica Police Chief
“We need the residents to get involved. We need the residents to give us the information that will help us apprehend some of these individuals.” Robert Palmieri, Mayor of Utica
Separate from the legislation, the Mayor and Police Chief Mark Williams are partnering with Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers to offer a $100 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the confiscation of an ATV. Anyone who contacts Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers, even those who seek a reward, can remain anonymous.
If someone has information about ATV’s illegally operating within the city, they can contact Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-866-730-8477 or via its website, http://www.mohawkvalleycrimestoppers.com/sitemenu.aspx?ID=900&.