Camden officials on Saturday announced the beginning of an initiative to crack down on the use of All-Terrain-Vehicles in the city Camden officials on Saturday announced the beginning of an initiative to crack down on the use of All-Terrain-Vehicles in the city.
According to Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson, "Government reports show there are over 500 (ATV related) deaths a year and over 100,000 hospital room visits."
In the past two years, there were 26 ATV accidents in Camden County that sent victims to Cooper University Hospital. Three of the injured died as a result.
Officials also noted ATVs represent a safety hazard and a public nuisance. Adding, ATV operators speed carelessly and joy ride through public spaces where children play often leaving behind significant damage to playing fields. The concerns prompted at least one state lawmaker to take action.
Currently in Camden, people caught operating ATVs in city limits could have their vehicle confiscated by police and would be subject to a $200 fine on a first offense.
"It's clearly out of control," said Assemblyman Angel Fuentes. "It is really out of control. We will revisit to see what type of law we have at state level and to see if we need to enact amendments."
Locally, Camden officials plan on using new signage, more strict enforcement and community involvement as tools to ban ATVs from the city's streets and parks.
"We want to let the community know that if they weren't reporting it because they were concerned of the city support, we are going to support this," Chief Thomson added.
Police are asking residents to visit http://www.camdendccb.org to file complaints about ATVs and other off-road vehicles being used in the city. Complaints may also be reported by calling (856)968-1000
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