City toughens laws on snowmobiles, 4-wheelers


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.

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