The Atlanta City Council gave unanimous support to a new ATV ordinance during their July 5 meeting.
In response to several reports of huge crowds of four-wheelers and dirt bikes clogging the streets,
the Atlanta City Council approved an ordinance that increases fines for riders of all-terrain vehicles caught on city streets.
District 12 Atlanta City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd introduced the ordinance set to deter all-terrain vehicle owners.
Sheperd spoke with our Julien Virgin on the phone and said, “The operation of an ATV is currently prohibited on city-owned property, parks, and residential city streets, but we are still witnessing an alarming amount of violations.”
She continued by saying, “Not only are ATV drivers risking their own lives by driving recklessly and performing dangerous stunts, they are also risking the lives of other drivers and even pedestrians.”
The previous fine for first-time violators riding a dirt bike or ATV on Atlanta roads is 250-dollars.
The new ordinance increases that fine up to 750-dollars. The second violation is $1,000, with the third offense resulting in 30 days to six months in jail.
Recently, a rash of ATV related incidents have caused an uptick in arrest and traffic violations. Law enforcement and city authorities hope this ordinance limits the chaos.
- Julien Virgin is a staff writer at CBS radio