SOUTHINGTON - Police on Friday announced they will be rolling out ATV patrols in response to complaints about people hunting and fishing and riding quads on land in town where they aren’t supposed to.
Police said the patrols will look to address issues reported on the town’s open space properties, water department property and Crescent Lake - although fishing is allowed at the lake.
Lt. Stephen Elliott said quad and ATV riders frequently use this land for recreational purposes. This causes wearing away at the natural features of dams, damage to landscaping, noise issues for residents and other quality of life issues.
“In some cases, people don’t know,” Elliott said of those breaking rules.
The lieutenant said police are hoping to educate the public about this issue for those who don’t know things like fishing or hunting on water department property is illegal.
Some people, he believes, see others fishing, hunting or riding an ATV and assume it is allowed. Others just blatantly disregard the laws, he said.
Elliott added that police much prefer people follow laws rather than forcing officers to enforce them.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.