In response to an incident involving 50 ATVs that swarmed a public park over the holiday weekend, Councilman Michael Correia (Ward Six) is calling on the Providence Police Department to increase its presence in the Manton area and enforce laws that prohibit the operation of recreational vehicles in public spaces (Ordinance No. 2015-5, § 1, 4-13-15, “Article VII – Snowmobiles and Recreational Vehicles”).
In a letter addressed to Commissioner Steven Pare and Colonel Hugh Clements, Correia writes, “Our public spaces need to be monitored more closely. The owners of such vehicles must be properly held accountable for disturbing our neighborhoods risking the safety of constituents.”
“I was disheartened to hear that nearly 50 ATV vehicles stormed across an occupied park near Aleppo Street over the holiday weekend,” Correia continued. “Only one person was arrested after police officers followed drivers speeding down Manton Avenue. I take the safety and well-being of our constituents very seriously, as should our police force. They must send a clear message that such behavior will not be tolerated in our community.”