For years the residents of East Main Street and Mountain Lane have endured ATVs illegally traveling on public roads. These vehicles are unlicensed and not street legal. In addition to the illegality of this traffic, it is a legitimate safety concern as they typically travel above posted speed limits around dangerous curves and past residences where children are prone to play in front of their homes.
Once these ATVs leave the streets they are illegally occupying private property owned by Scenic Hudson, causing damage to the trails among other things. This has been discussed repeatedly and there appears to be a lack of funds for Scenic Hudson to police it's own property.
I am making a public plea for Beacon residents to speak up in this forum. With popular opinion on our side I am optimistic that this issue can be brought to our new Mayor and Police Chief with the expectation of enforcement. When we hear so much about budget problems in Beacon this seems like a simple and obvious way to raise funds on the backs of lawbreakers, as fines are already in place not only for trespassing on the trails but also for the illegal street traffic.
I have heard of enforcement of vehicle registration in Beacon done by officials walking the streets inspecting individual vehicles on private property, which requires a significant amount of labor for what I assume is a very limited reward. In this case simply place a single officer at the entrance to Mt Beacon Monument Rd on any weekend day. The compound fines, by my estimation, could easily be over $500 per vehicle and the city can expect to stop at least 10-20 ATVs per weekend.