NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Officials in New Bedford are pushing for new rules on dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles after an officer was seriously injured when he was run over by a dirt bike during the arrests of several people.
Mayor Jon Mitchell, members of the city council and the police chief on Monday say state law already prohibits off-road vehicles from city streets. They’re working on an ordinance to allow the police department to confiscate the vehicles and issue a $300 fine to anyone who drives one on either public or private property.
A New Bedford Police officer was injured Oct. 31 during an operation to intercept a group of riders. Fifteen people were charged in connection with the incident.
The city council is expected to consider the ordinance next month.
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