Legislation to combat illegal ATMs in Buffalo


First it was pyrotechnics and then ATMs. Or maybe ATVs came first? Anyway, ATVs on the streets of our city, parks, sidewalks, railroads, highways and all the other places have caused problems that got out of control.

As a way to prevent this activity without an ATV license and car-like vehicles, Fillmore District Council member Mitch Novakovsky and District Council member Brian Ballman made an orderly change to Chapter 309 of the Buffalo City Code, which outlines the illegal nature of these vehicles. The amendment also introduces new penalties for violations, which is the only way to gain real interest by amending the order.

“These order changes will help law enforcement adapt illegal ATVs and require them to be searched so they don’t constantly wreak havoc on our streets,” said Fillmore District Council member Mitch Novakovsky. “As legislators, it is our duty to ensure the safety of the residents of this city, and I believe this legislation is a big step in the fight against illegal ATV operations.”

Penalties for illegal use of an ATV include a fine of up to $ 2,500 and confiscation of the vehicle.

In recent years, a large number of these types of cars have appeared on the city streets, and this problem has been exacerbated in several ways. Not only are they careless, they usually increase speed and are woven in and out of traffic, they create dangerous road scenarios for the drivers themselves and for the drivers and pedestrians. This is evidenced by several incidents last year in Buffalo that resulted in serious injuries and loss of life, according to Novakovsky and Ballman.

“We have witnessed a significant increase in ATV activity on the streets and parks of our neighborhoods, posing an unacceptable threat to public safety that has prompted residents to address the problem,” said Lovojoi District Council member Brian Ballman. “These reforms aim to address issues and tools for the authorities to exert influence and reduce the number of careless and illegal vehicles in the city of Buffalo threatening pedestrians and drivers.”

Anyone caught driving an ATV illegally will be fined up to $ 2,500. confiscation of a vehicle. To recover a detained ATV, a person is required to present a certificate of ownership and thus ensure that the vehicle is not stolen while future liability is established for its owner. These measures are necessary Help to alleviate this growing public unrest in Buffalo.

Now the biggest challenge will be trying to catch them.

Lead image: Photo from Devon Janse van Rensburg


Newell Nussbaumer is the ‘queenseyes’ – Queen City Eyes and the founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder of the Elmwood Avenue Arts Festival. Co-founder of the Powder Keg Festival, which created the world’s largest ice cream beetle (Guinness Book of Records). The temptation is behind the emerald beach in the Erie Basin Marina. Flurrious together! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. The provocateur is behind Saturday’s Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of the retro and vintage market The Peddler in Elmwood. The provocateur behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws the magic ball to Statler City, Hertel Street Arts Festival and Flutterby Avenue.

Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

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