DEER LAKE — Council is looking at complaints from residents who say all-terrain vehicle use on town streets is on the rise and becoming more disturbing.
Deer Lake Coun. Elmo Bingle told Deer Lake council during Monday’s public meeting that he is hearing so many complaints that something needs to be done before someone is badly hurt or worse. He said riders are using their all-terrain vehicles, like dirt bikes and quads, on public trails and roadways where they shouldn’t be and it’s bothering local residents.
All hours of the night
Several months ago residents, some of them seniors, on a street near the lake complained to the media about riders operating their vehicles at all hours of the night, waking them up long after midnight, but did not want to give their names for fear of rider reprisal.
Bingle said he would like a meeting between council and local police, as well as the RCMP, to see what can be done about the situation.
He said riders have been seen performing wheelies and riding at extreme speeds through the trails and on Deer Lake’s roads, sometimes without helmets.
“It’s difficult to catch them, but we continue to get these complaints and it’s an issue that needs to be addressed,” said Bingle.
“I’d like to see us sit down with our local town police and the RCMP and see if there is anything that can be done about it.”
Coun. Jean Young said during the meeting that the town bills itself as an ATV-friendly community, so going after riders could be tricky.
Bingle said that most ATV owners are responsible enough to stay out of trouble, and the ones that aren’t need to be dealt with.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said recently that all-terrain vehicle use on town-owned property, such as the trail on the lakeshore, is up to the town to correct, but driving them on streets without a licence or insurance or helmets is a punishable offence if caught.