(New Castle, De 19720) Along with the nice weather comes an increase in complaints pertaining to All-Terrain Vehicles and/or Off-Highway Vehicles. (ATV/OHV)
All-Terrain Vehicles are designed for off-road use-their low -pressure tires are not meant for use on paved surfaces and are prone to rollovers. On roadways, other issues also arise, including the fact that motorists may not see the ATV until it is too late to avoid an accident.
Public roads pose particular safety risks for ATV riders. Research published in the health journal Injury Prevention found that accidents on public roads account for more than 60 percent of all ATV-related deaths.
The New Castle County Division of 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 include a citation, towing/ 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 $1000 and impoundment for a mandatory minimum time period of six (6) months, at the expense of the owner.
Please contact the New Castle County Division of Police if you observe an OHV/ATV operating on any of the above-listed areas.
This can be done by calling the non-emergency number at (302) 573-2800. You will be asked to provide a description of the OHV/ATV, operator and location. Citizens can also submit a tip via our website at http://www.nccpd.com.,or (IM) on the New Castle County Division of Police Facebook page. Citizens can also submit a tip anonymously by text. Send a text to 847411 with NCCDE in the text field and your tip.