Archive for Thursday, September 15, 2005

City bans ATVs, scooters from streets

September 15, 2005

Basehor Police Chief Terry Horner said protecting motorists and pedestrians from injury was the primary reason his department pushed for a new traffic ordinance that bans some vehicles from city streets.

"It's an ordinance that not only puts constraints on vehicles allowed on city streets, it is also an ordinance that works in favor of the residents of Basehor," Horner said.

He added, "Public safety is our only concern. ... We don't want a citizen or a child getting hurt because one of these vehicles were on the streets."

Last Thursday, the Basehor City Council unanimously approved the ordinance, which bans motorized scooters and miniature motorcycles, or vehicles with less than 49 cc's of engine displacement, from being operated on public roads or property.

The new ordinance also applies to vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles and go-carts, but exempts mobility devices used by a physically challenged or elderly persons, according to the ordinance.

Penalties for violating the ordinance range from $50 for a first offense to $100 for a third citation.

The police department also retains the right to impound vehicles used by the offenders for "safety and evidentiary purposes, to be held in custody pending court action."

Horner said many area municipalities are approving ordinances banning the recreational vehicles from public roads.

The ordinance that council members approved Thursday is similar in scope to those passed into law in Lansing, Leavenworth and Independence, Mo., the police chief said.

"This order protects youth, drivers and citizens," Horner said. "If someone wants to ride these vehicles, they need to ride them on private property, somewhere where it's safe and they have permission from the property owner."

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