Press Release

April 12, 2017

Greeting Wolcott residents;

Over the last 30 days the Wolcott Police Department has investigated and received over 10 complaints of quad or All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) trespassing and / or traveling on public roadways. The complaints generated from the following areas: Clark St; Diamond Terrace; Midwood Ave; Wakelee School / Hemple Dr; Colman Dr; Williams Court; and Scoville Rd.

We would like to remind all of our parents with children who own ATV’s or local riders and enthusiasts that CAN NOT ride an ATV on the public highway and roadways legally. Residents have been calling frequently for ATV’s trespassing, traveling on the roadway, traveling at a high rate of speed, or riding on school grounds or municipal properties. Below is a listing of some of the CT State Statutes and EPA related regulations governing the illegal use of ATV’s and the corresponding fine schedule:

 

  • 53a-108 Criminal Trespass 1st or 53a-109 Criminal Trespass 2nd – A misdemeanor custodial arrest 53a-110a Simple Trespass – $92

 

14-12a* Unregistered MV – The current fine is $117 and related towing and storage fees

  • 14-380 Operating a snowmobile or ATV without a valid registration – The Current fine is $92
  • 14-386(a) Unreasonable speed by ATV or snowmobile – $188
  • 14-386(b) Failure to stop ATV or snowmobile upon request by authorized person – $117
  • 14-387(1) Operating a Snow mobile or ATV on a public highway – $117
  • 14-387(3) Operating ATV without proper muffler or lighting or reflective devices -$117
  • 23-26e Operating ATV underage (under 16) or proper supervision – $136
  • 23-26g(b) Operating ATV on state land without certificate, underage, or without supervision – $136

The Wolcott Police Department will take the appropriate enforcement action going forward with respect to these complaints. Please cooperate with the laws concerning ATV use or you will be ARRESTED. Please feel free to contact the Wolcott Police Department with any questions or concerns at 203-879-1414.

Helpful websites that detail the state statutes and appropriate definitions of All Terrain Vehicles:

http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/outdoor_recreation/atv/atvplan_final.pdf

https://www.cga.ct.gov/2002/rpt/2002-R-0807.htm

NARCOTICS DROP BOX

In order to address a vital public safety and public health issue the Wolcott Police Department along with its civic partners will be installing a new “narcotics / medicine drop box” at Wolcott Police Headquarters. The program and the drop box itself is set to be installed and ready for operation on 2/9/2012. The concept of the program addresses the fact that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high — more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

This drop box, which is being placed in between the front entrance way and the lobby, will provide a venue for persons who wanted to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.  This effort will assist in removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation’s medicine cabinets.  The drop box will be available to any person who wishes to dispose oftheir unused or unwanted narcotics or medicines.

We simply ask that any needles be capped or liquid medicines be sealed to protect the health and safety of the collection and disposal personnel. This is a great opportunity for the public to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The public can find other nearby collection sites by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on “Got Drugs?”, and entering their zip code. There is also additional information available by calling the Wolcott Police Department (Sgt. Chris Wihbey) at 203-879-1414.