The Town of Huntington will hold a public hearing next month on a proposal to increase the penalty for riding all-terrain vehicles, motorbikes and other motorized recreational vehicles in public parks and unauthorized areas.
The change would make it a misdemeanor to ride recreational vehicles on town lands or on private property without the written permission of the owner and occupant, with a minimum fine of $1,500 and possible jail time of up to 6 months. Currently, the penalty for a first offense is a fine of between $100 and $500 and possible jail time of up to 10 days.
Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said such activity has been going on for years in the town’s parks — most recently at the Veterans Park complex in Northport.
“First it was a noise issue, then a speeding issue, and then there were people on trails that were nearly knocked over,” Petrone said. “It really becomes a potential major public safety concern.”
The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Aug. 2 at Town Hall.