Newport votes yes to ATVs on city streets

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NEWPORT — With a 3-1 City Council vote in favor of a five-month “trial period,” ATVs will be allowed on city streets in Newport starting May of 2020.

The ordinance was approved at a meeting held last night, with the majority of attendees in favor of the measure.

Those who opposed the ordinance said they feared ATV riders would not obey the speed laws and create an unneeded danger for motorists.

They also voiced concerns over the noise the machines will bring.

When the ordinance takes effect, riders must drive single-file. ATVs will also still be banned on public property.

Mayor Paul Monette who supported the ordinance said he hopes it will boost the local economy.

He also alluded to the fact that a trial basis leaves room to revisit the decision, or completely do away with it if issues arise at a later time.

Julie Raboin was the only council member to vote against the ordinance.

The sixth month trial period would end in October of 2020.

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