State Rep. Seeks Creation of ATV Trails in CT

With no legal ATV trails in Connecticut, state Rep. Anthony D'Amelio proposed bills pertaining to the recreational vehicles and how to generate funds for trail maintenance.


Ten years ago, state Rep. Anthony D'Amelio, R-74, bought two all-terrain vehicles for himself and his son. But in order to legally ride them, they had to go to Massachusetts.

"There are no legal ATV trails in the state of Connecticut," he said. "We were forced to register our ATVs in Massachusetts because there's lots of trails there, but you have to register."

Eventually, D'Amelio, who represents Middlebury and Waterbury in the Connecticut House of Representatives, bought dirt bikes.

"It was too hard to go to Massachusetts whenever we wanted to ride," he said. "There are a lot of trails in Connecticut for dirt bikes, but not ATVs."

D'Amelio recently introduced two bills to the Connecticut General Assembly:

On Jan. 10, the bills were referred to the Joint Committee on Environment. Both proposed bills are attached to this article as PDFs.

This isn't the first time D'Amelio proposed bills pertaining to ATVs in Connecticut. He said in the past, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection didn't support the bill due to not having the funds to maintain the trails.

"That's where the registration comes in," he said.

Requiring Connecticut residents to register their ATVs for $30 means those fees can go toward trail maintenance, said D'Amelio. Trails already exist in the state that could be suitable for ATV-riding, he said.

"It's high time the state of Connecticut recognizes that a lot of ATVs out there are driven illegally because there's no legal place to drive them," he said. "I'd like to stop that."

Thomas Alegi February 24, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Rep. Anthony D'Amelio sweet words about ATVs are just another way for the state of Connecticut to raise money, which will go into the general fund and be used for other projects. Now the prudent thing to do would be to have people over 70years of age like Rep. Anthony D'Amelio tested before they could operate ATVs, dart bikes or any motorized equipment for hand eye coordination. But, a course there would be a state fee associated with the testing; this is Connecticut the home of high fees and taxes. LOL
joe February 24, 2013 at 08:44 PM
this would be a prolly the best thing ever it would stop alot of people from ridding on the streets an especially when the cops chase u which there not supposed to they still do that jus puts alot of people in danger including the rider theres so many places in ct for ridding bt there not legal which stinks we have sets of sanddunes in places an many wide varriations of woods trail if there was a charge for everytime u rhode people would have no problem paying them because it sucks u have no place to bring your atvs anywere in ct without getting a ticket of coures they would have to sign a waver for saftey rights but it would be all worth ittt theres alot of riders in ct who are a** out an cant ride.
Brett February 24, 2013 at 09:08 PM
this is by far one of the best ideas that can happen. dont want people riding in the street? this is the answer. i can think of at least 40 people that will ride there. 40 people register at $30 each thats $1,200 and thats just people i know. the state of ct has so many people that ride atv's that the funding will be taken care of with no doubt in my mind. this will cut down on crime and keep younger teens and adults away from drugs and other acts. so to the state of ct ask yourself, would you rather have us spend our money here or spend it in another state? i think the answer is pretty obvious. lets make this happen now!
Larry February 24, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Yes make it happen that would be fantastic.It would be nice to ride without looking over your shoulder looking to see if your being chased by a cop for a change.
Ashley February 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Make it happen! I think the kids in CT need something positive to do. There's too much violence and drug usage around here.


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