Senate Bill 1183 would allow police to sell or destroy any vehicle seized by law enforcement in an effort to prevent them from illegally driving on public roads.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Senate on Friday approved a bill that would give police new tools to crack down on illegal riding of dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles on public roads, according to the bill’s author. law.
Senate Bill 1183 provides for the seizure, forfeiture, and disposal of dirt bikes and ATVs illegally operated on public roads, subject to applicable state forfeiture law. The bill would provide local police with a variety of disposal options, including permission to sell the vehicles or destroy them.
The bill passed by a 49-to-1 margin, according to State Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh).
The Bill comes in response to the increase in the illegal use of dirt bikes and ATVs on Commonwealth roads, often by large groups of drivers who engage in speeding and reckless driving, Browne said.
These activities pose extreme danger to motorists and pedestrians and a serious threat to public safety, he added.
“Through the passage of this legislation, the State Senate is taking aggressive action to address the growing danger of illegal use of dirt bikes and ATVs on our roads,” Browne said. “We have seen countless instances of destruction of property, injuries to pedestrians and tragic deaths of innocent bystanders due to these reckless actions. I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate for their support in giving law enforcement the tools to keep these vehicles off the streets.
As amended, the bill applies to first, second, second A and third class boroughs and cities. Cities covered by the bill include Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York, Browne said.
The current penalty for an offense is a summary offense, which is not enough to keep these recreational vehicles off the public highway.
The bill will now be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.