Deer Lake town council held a special meeting behind closed doors Monday night to discuss dealing with out-of-control use of all-terrain vehicles in the community.
Just being forced to hold such an extraordinary meeting is a sad commentary on the issue.
Over the years there has been an ever increasing problem with ATV users causing havoc in the cosy Humber Valley community.
Mayor Dean Ball of Deer Lake used the word “terrorized” when he described how residents are feeling about the high-powered vehicles roaring down trails and along streets.
That’s a strong word but one which likely applies to how law-abiding citizens feel when they look out their windows at young people — yes they are reportedly all young people — running wild on these machines meant for use off road.
The mayor says council is open to any suggestion to stop the behaviour and so are police who have gone the extra mile to catch those responsible.
One suggestion is to hold sessions in schools to educate those who feel they have the run of the town when it comes to riding the popular two- and four-wheeled machines.
But it will take more than teaching the young riders. Parents must be an integral part of the process.
They are the first line of defence in stopping this unacceptable behaviour.
They are the ones handing over these expensive machines to their offspring and letting them go wild.
Council and the RCMP are taking this issue seriously, and so they should, but they have a tough road ahead if they can’t get the support of the whole community.
This is a dangerous situation and it can’t be allowed to continue until there is a tragedy.