EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — East Providence is the latest city seeking to curb the illegal use of off-road vehicles like ATVs and dirt bikes.
Mayor Bob DaSilva and City Council President Robert Britto signed a new ordinance Wednesday morning making it illegal for someone to operate a snowmobile or recreational off-road vehicle within city limits, except on private property that is 2.5 acres or larger.
Anyone caught violating the rules will have to give up their off-road vehicle or pay a $500 fine.
DaSilva said the city has never had a rule like this before, adding that the no-tolerance approach will give the police the tools they need to get these vehicles off the roads.
“We don’t want to see people being chased out of one community and feeling that they can come over here to East Providence and run roughshod all over our community,” DaSilva said. “We wanted a tool to be able to deal with these problems and send a strong message to everyone that we’re not going to take this laying down.”
Officials in Providence and Cranston have also taken steps to try and keep ATVs off city streets.
“What other cities are experiencing, at this point in time, we are not at that level. However, we want to prevent it from getting to that level,” Britto said. “With this ordinance, it will prevent the issues and problems and concerns that other cities and municipalities have been having.”