HAMPTON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – It was a full house at a Hampton Township meeting Tuesday night.
The public will get the chance to voice their opinions on a proposal that would ban all off-road vehicles in the township.
The ban would make it a crime for a private landowner to permit anyone to operate any type of off-road vehicle. For example, a dirt bike, go cart or ATV on a lot less than 5 acres.
Landowners owning more than 5 acres may only use these vehicles on their property during restricted hours.
If someone else wants to use a vehicle on their property, they would have to give written permission whether the vehicle is licensed or not.
“We’re trying to find a way for the good neighbors keep riding and for the neighbors that have inconsiderate neighbors next to them — some way to deal with that,” said chairman of the planning committee Dean Hess.
Even then, use must be more than 250 feet from any home.
One resident suggested a curfew for how late people could ride their ATVs.
The American Motorcyclist Association has joined in the fight against the ban.
The AMA is saying, “Once again, our sport is under attack.”
The organization is urged off-roading enthusiasts to attend the meeting.
If new restrictions are approved, police could confiscate, impound or sell off any vehicles.
Violators would face a fine of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail.
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