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ATVs causing problems in Town of Fortune

Discussion at a recent Fortune council meeting turned to ATV use in the community.
Discussion at a recent Fortune council meeting turned to ATV use in the community. - SaltWire Network

RCMP meet with council to discuss solution

FORTUNE, N.L.

The reckless use of ATVs is a concern for the Town of Fortune.

Coun. Jim Dunn said noise from ATVs with modified exhausts are among issues that need to be addressed.

“They go around town in the night time, with people in bed,” Dunn said during a town council meeting on Sept. 24.

He added on one occasion he spoke to a man who had been riding in town.

“He had one of those big 800(cc) four-wheelers with one of those noise makers onto her,” he said. “I (told him) we have a lady that’s fighting for her life, can’t get to sleep half the time, and when she is asleep, you’re … starting that thing up and going.”

Sgt. Lee Lush, of the RCMP’s Marystown detachment, attended the meeting and suggested one of the ways to address the issue is for people in the town to report the identity of careless ATV operators to police.

“You never know, there could be a police officer down here patrolling through, on the way back from Grand Bank, or heading towards Point May and this call comes in and (they) happen to be Johnny-on-the-spot,” he said.

He added even if an officer does not catch the person in the act, having a name gives them the ability to proceed further.

“We can go knock on the door, and at least go (and tell them) … we’ve got a complaint … It’s disrespectful and this is what you could be charged with…”

Colin.farrell@southerngazette.ca

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