Minisink cracks down with stiff penalties for illegal ATV use

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MINISINK – The use of ATVs on someone else’s private property has gotten so bad in the Town of Minisink that the town board has put some teeth into the penalties.

Under the 2006 town law, if you rode your ATV on public property or someone else’s property, you could have your vehicle impounded.

Now, that law is being stiffened to include hefty fines because Town Supervisor Ralph Ford said the situation has gotten totally out of control.

I think there are some local folks but some of the ones that have been caught are from out-of-town. We have some that come in from Warwick, Greenville, Pine Bush, New Windsor. There was actually guys coming up from New Jersey and just dropping their trailers and taking their quads off and using the Town of Minisink as an ATV park,” he said.

Once filed with the state, the new local law will include a $2,500 fine for the first offense and $5,000 for a second one.