At a City Council hearing last week on her legislation to crack down on nuisance all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes in Philadelphia, it’s not surprising that Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown had little trouble drawing a crowd.
With more than 20 people testifying during the four-hour session, there was a clear consensus that the city has yet to come up with a viable solution to curb the illegal and dangerous use of off-road recreational vehicles.
While many riders say the hobby keeps them out of trouble, their joyrides plague inner-city neighborhoods, posing a hazard to pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists, and the ATV riders themselves.
So it’s good to see that the councilwoman, on behalf of Mayor Nutter, is exploring whether to give police a stronger hand in seizing ATVs used illegally, along with stiffer fines of up to $2,000. Making any ATV not parked on private property subject to seizure would give cops a powerful tool in their periodic sweeps.