The New Castle County Police continues to enforce Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) or All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) violations and are conducting pro-active patrols in our communities to address these “quality of life” complaints.
(Newark, Del.-19711) On Sunday afternoon, an officer from Patrol Squad B was conducting proactive patrols in the community of Scottfield when they observed four (4) vehicles parked at the dead-end on Dawson Drive.
Approximately an hour later, an officer observed four ATVs exit the wooded area. He contacted the ATV operators and one passenger. The operators were each issued citations for operating an OHV on private property, no proof of insurance, and unregistered OHV. One operator was also issued a citation for driving while suspended.
The New Castle County Police reminds residents that Delaware law prohibits the operation of OHVs/ATVs on public roadways, sidewalks, private property (without the consent from the property owner) or right-of-way locations within the state of Delaware. The only exception to this law is during special events, which require permits from the governmental body having jurisdiction over the area.
The penalties for riding an OHV/ATV in prohibited areas when stopped by police include a citation, possible towing and storage fees and, if convicted a fine of $100 and impoundment for up to 100 days at the expense of the owner.
If there are subsequent offense(s) within 24 months of a prior conviction or of a similar OHV state or local law, statute or ordinance, an operator could face a fine of $400 and impoundment for a mandatory minimum time period of six (6) months, at the expense of the owner.
Please call the New Castle County Police Department if you observe an OHV/ATV. You are asked to please provide a description of the OHV/ATV, operator and location by calling the non-emergency number at (302) 573-2800.