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First warm day and the dirt bike/ATV use in Fairmont Park has been a noisy constant all day.
They're back. So tired of the noise, the danger and the damage!
I call the police, but I do not think they take this seriously. What can we do to get the city to take serious action against dirt bikes and ATVs where they do not belong? I would like at least a sign notifying them clearly that they are not welcome in the park.
I'm right next to the park and have to deal with hours of noise every nice day. I would love to walk in the park but have been nearly run over - it is not safe to be in the park when the bikes are there.
There were a couple of months last year that were better, but I worry that unless we demand action as a neighborhood that nothing will be done until someone is seriously hurt.
Oh help! I paid a lot of money for just needs to be ridden somewhere. Please. This isn't a case of people purchasing something and then having their right to use it taken away. This is a case of people buying something, knowing that there are not places immediately nearby that they can ride them, and then proceeding to illegally ride them wherever they can. I have zero sympathy for that. They knew where they could ride them before, and they choose to flaunt the law.
I'm for finding ATV and riding areas (and there are actually plenty around the state), but I don't buy the argument that we need to provide this for them so they don't break the law.
Saw another one in Westville yesterday, so it looks like the quad squad is going to have to be brought back into force.
I once had a New Haven cop tell me that many cops own ATVs...
Why cant the owners of these machines pool their money and buy some land to tear up? Apparently they have the money to blow, why cant someone open a place to ride on private property and make some money?
Isn't CT is the most densely populated state in the country?
Wow... all the people complaining about these are seriously the biggest bunch of pansies I've ever seen... Do you all need some midol? Should we call a waaaaaaaaaambulance?
What the hell is wrong with all of you? Go move into a condo and buy a prius.
LOL, I hear you. People think they own parks and adjacent properties. If these ATV's were on your property, then you would have a gripe. Since they are not, mind your own business!
This is a FREE COUNTRY, if you do not like the noise MOVE! Honestly YOU LIVE IN THE GHETTO ANYWAY. They have been riding dirtbikes in the parks for decades. It is like moving near the airport and complaining about the noise;grow up.
CLOSE THIS ISSUE
....and here come the dirtbike riders, that long-aggrieved community who when faced with people actually enforcing the law whine and insult those who don't approve of their activities.
Two seconds of google searching gave me this map:
All of the dirt bike riding trails in Connecticut. You say "if you don't like the noise, move", well I say - If you own a dirt bike, why don't YOU move to where you can actually ride them legally?
It's not my problem that you bought a piece of equipment that you have you use illegally or drive 45 minutes to use. That was your choice.
Whine all you want, they will always ride there, and the only way to rectify this is moving.
Nice fake dirtbike photo on top though. I did not know this was a joke, LOL
Why all the vitriol against neighbors who want some peace and quiet and safer parks and adjacent streets? Since some folks who support atv's tearing up taxpayer-funded land are getting nasty here, I thought I'd share today's Branford Eagle piece about the nutso firing guns from his atv, high on narcotics. Lovely sort of folks we have here who share the atv hobby:
Gunshots at Swamp Lead to Early Morning Arrest http://newhavenindependent.org/index.php/branford/entry/gunshots_at_swamp_lead_to_early_morning_arrest/
A 29-year-old man, barred from possessing guns, was discovered allegedly shooting his rifle from a rain battered swamp at Pisgah Brook, where he was stuck in his partially open Yamaha Rhino ATV early Sunday morning. Police from Branford and North Branford found him trapped at the swamp near the North Branford line.
Antonio Mauro, who lives at the home of his parents at 186 Laurel Hill Road, not far from the swamp, was discovered by police at about 2:15 a.m after police from both departments investigated complaints of gunshots for more than an hour. Police said that they interviewed Mauro and learned he appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. He also admitted taking more prescription medication that prescribed, police said. Police did not identify the medication.
According to Lt. Geoffrey Morgan, Mauro currently has a protective order as a result of a previous family violence arrest. That arrest prohibits him from possessing any firearms. After police patted him down at the scene, they said, they found Mauro had several weapons, including a Norinko SKS rifle, a .38 caliber revolver in an ankle holster, a 9mm Kahr Arms semi-automatic pistol in his waistband and a 6” Renegade knife on his belt.
All of the weapons were fully loaded as well as 3 additional magazines for the 9mm pistol, according to police. Police said the guns belonged to another family member. They seized them.
Morgan said that the gunshots sounded like a large caliber rifle and that they were coming from deep within the woods. As the officers honed in, they determined the gunshots were coming from Branford town property known as the Pisgah Brook. The property is located between Brushy Plains Road and Laurel Hill Road.
When they spotted Mauro, he was in his partially open ATV “with a rifle visible on the seat next to him,” Morgan said. They removed him from the ATV at gunpoint without incident.
“These are very dangerous situations for police officers to investigate,” Chief John DeCarlo said. “I’m very grateful that the officers weren’t injured during this potentially life threatening situation…”
Mauro was charged with carrying a gun without a permit, carrying a firearm under the influence, criminal possession of a gun, carrying a dangerous weapon, violation of a protective order, criminal trespassing and violation of a town ordinance. He was later released on a $10,000 police bond. He was scheduled to appear in New Haven’s state court today.
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