Public meeting on proposed dirt bike and ATV legislation scheduled for Tuesday

Created: May 03, 2021 03:09 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night on the proposed legislation that would allow law enforcement to confiscate dirt bikes and ATVs used on the street illegally.

Monroe County Legislator Joe Morelle Jr. (D) of Irondequoit last month proposed legislation that would authorize police who catch someone on an illegal vehicle to confiscate it and impose a $500 fee to get it back, $2,000 if it happens again.

The proposal came after two people were killed in two days in crashes involving illegal dirt bikes in March.

Rochester City Council Member Jose Peo proposed similar legislation that would charge illegal riders a $650 fee and a $2,350 impound fee, for a total of $3,000.

Assemblymember Demond Meeks (D, 137) invited all members of Rochester bike clubs to the meeting, as well as all lawmakers in the

Monroe County Legislature, Rochester City Council and Rochester State Delegation, as well as County Executive Adam Bello and Mayor Lovely Warren.

The meeting is intended to allow lawmakers to hear directly from local bike clubs about the use of off-road vehicles and “discuss potential remedies and restorative solutions to provide an outlet for our bike clubs and keep everyone safe.”

It will be held over Zoom starting at 6 p.m. and streamed directly on Meeks’s Facebook page.

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