Illegal ATV's on Albany Avenue at Sigourney Street Sunday afternoon. Note the reckless Quad on the left going against traffic head-on
More quads and ATV's up on I-84 near Flatbush Avenue on ramp Sunday Afternoon. Do you think we have a problem. Who will be the first to die in a crash? An innocent motorist going out of control on 84 or a quad operator doing a wheelie on Albany Avenue?
Hartford's ATV problem. The warm weather is here so the ATV's are back out. Sunday was a near constant rumbling of the obnoxious operators and their illegal vehicles on Hartford's streets. It is not only a quality of life issue, but also a safety issue for both the illegal reckless operators as well as the legal vehicles using Hartford's streets competing with the ATV's.
Most of these operators have no regard for their own safety as well as those on the streets. The wheelies and weaving in and out of traffic with no regard for anyone else is unacceptable. Do we need to wait for some fools death or them causing someone elses death before we make a serious attempt to curtail their use?
The police are pretty much rendered helpless under their current orders to stop this nonsense. The vehicles aren't registered so there is no plate to trace back to an address Police are forbidden from chasing the vehicle, but in the mean time they are allowed to tear up our parks and jeopardize our streets. The ATV's were even up on I-84 this afternoon. This is a recipe for disaster when one of them goes head to head with a tractor trailer or cartwheels out of control at 50 MPH .
Are we the only City facing this , or how is this problem dealt with in other locations?
UPDATE: 7:25PM: Here is a news article I found from this past Thursday. This is how Washington D.C. is dealing with the problem. It sounds like it would work here also http://dailycaller.com/2016/04/07/dc-police-crack-down-on-illegal-atvs-on-city-streets-and-sidewalks/