- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence City Council has passed an ordinance allowing police to confiscate and destroy recreational vehicles illegally driven in the city.

WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/2pdxBY4 ) reports the ordinance comes after dozens of riders tore through Riverside Park on Easter Sunday.

In a letter sent to the council, Rhode Island Foundation President Neil Steinberg estimates damage from off-road vehicles has cost the Providence Parks Department nearly $20,000.

Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says the illegal use of all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes has created a danger in the Providence community.

Council President Luis Aponte says the ordinance, “gives our police department greater latitude in addressing the problem.”

The City Council voted to prohibit snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles on city streets in 2015. The city can fine people caught illegally driving off-road vehicles $500.


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