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Danbury officials consider adding dirt bikes to ATV laws

Danbury is looking at revisions to all-terrain vehicle laws, and violators could lose their ATVs.  The use of all-terrain vehicles on property owned and controlled by Danbury was regulated back in 2003.  Mayor Mark Boughton says the law was designed to prevent damage to parks and public areas, as well as for the safety of park users.  


During the recently completed state General Assembly session, municipal ability to protect and preserve public areas was expanded.  Local regulation of the use of ATVs was expanded to include dirt bikes and mini-motorcycles, and penalties were increased. 


A committee of the City Council will be asked tonight to consider several changes.  One includes that operators or owners be responsible for damage done to city property.  Another is that the ATV, dirt bike or mini-motorcycle be subject to seizure.  Another is that violators would be fined $1,000 a second offense would result in a $1,5000 fine and $2,000 for each subsequent violation.

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