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City toughens laws on snowmobiles, 4-wheelers

Published: Mon, May 17, 2010 @ 8:18 p.m.


If you’re caught by police riding a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or off-highway motorcycle on city streets, highways and/or public property, you could lose it.

The city toughened its laws on the use of these vehicles because they’re become the source of numerous complaints by residents, Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said.

City council recently approved legislation making those who violate this city law a first-degree misdemeanor. Those convicted could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Also, the legislation permits the city to take the vehicle and not return it to its owner. It had been a third-degree misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Hughes said police will strictly enforce the new ordinance with no exceptions.


1NilesOhio(996 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

So they go from too little to too much. Lovely.

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2Aware(255 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Way to go, Youngstown. What's Campbell's ongoing problem with the non-enforcement?

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3PizzaBoy(6 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Wow, stricter laws for off road vehicles than DUI offenses. We wonder why people want to overthrow govt. I understand the consequences of breaking the law, fines and time served, but seizure without return!?!?! These types of laws are why people flee from the law and get killed in the process.

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4cover2(27 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Wow I have read so much about the problem Youngstown has had with this issue, NOT!!

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51970mach1(1005 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

EXCELLENT! About time, too. They are a real pain zooming around the neighborhood and most people who have them ride them on other people's property.

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6disgustedjoker(49 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

This is something Youngstown should worry about. Snowmobiles and ATV's???? Come one guys! Wake up. How about worrying about the drug dealers, the murders, the businesses that are leaving due to the crime! Im beginning to think that certain city officials and the YPD are paid off by these thugs and they turn a blind eye to the ever growing crime that is destroying youngstown.

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7Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

"The city toughened its laws on the use of these vehicles because they’re become the source of numerous complaints by residents, Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said."

What about the complaints about the drug houses, shootings, robberies and drunk drivers, yep, snowmobiles, ATVs are so much more important. Get real!

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8Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Do they even take the vehicles of the drug dealers?

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9VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

According to current Ohio law, snowmobiles and ATV's are NOT to be driven on Ohio roadways other than to cross the street or to get to the next portion of the trail they are riding. This law is being abused so badly that local police are not enforcing it. That is why many cities and villages in Ohio and Pennsylvania are now passing their own ordnances against these miscreates who are ruining it for all the other operators. Confiscation may be extreme, but potentially, very effective.

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10havinmysay(155 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Good job, Youngstown. Now, do the same for cars and motorcycles without mufflers, people who let their dogs bark all the time, and those loud car stereos that sound like a pair of tennis shoes in the washing machine.

The only way to clean a place like Youngstown up is to have zero tolerance on every law. A lot of the riff raff in the city are there because they know they can get away with doing anything they want.

There should not even need to be laws prohibiting people from doing things that common sense should tell them not to do.

You people complain if they enforce the laws and you complain if they don't.

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11boxerlover(133 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Wow..people that complain because police are ENFORCING a law need to be evaluated. Living on a street where mini-bikes, ATV's, 4 wheelers, snowmobiles are a constant source of noise at all hours by young teens and sometimes their parents, I say it's great that something is going to be done about it. Amazing how these riders don't stay around their own home making all the noise, disturbing their own families. As for the drugs, loud cars, stereo's blasting...one thing at a time. If you know how to solve the problem, run for city government...as they say "put up or shut up".

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12Aware(255 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Not only are they illegal, the idiots riding them constantly break all speed limit rules. AND very often they are individuals not even old enough for a standard driver's license! Per the ranting about other problems - yes, they are still there. Start your own topic about those issues - this thread is specifically about the ATVs, 4-wheelers, etc. And they are a big problem.

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