The New Castle County Police reminds residents that Delaware law prohibits the operation of OHV/ATV’s in New Castle County Parks on public roadways, sidewalks, private property (without the consent from the property owner) or right-of-way locations within the state of Delaware. The only exception to this law is during special events, which require permits from the governmental body having jurisdiction over the area.
The penalties for riding an OHV/ATV in prohibited areas when stopped by police include a citation, possible towing and storage fees and if convicted a fine of $100 and impoundment for up to 100 days at the expense of the owner.
If there are subsequent offense(s) within 24 months of a prior conviction or of a similar OHV state or local law, statute or ordinance, an operator could face a fine of $400 and impoundment for a mandatory minimum time period of six (6) months, at the expense of the owner.
Residents are asked to call the New Castle County Police Department with a description of the OHV/ATV, operator and location by calling the non-emergency number at (302) 573-2800.
Citizens can submit crime tips anonymously by going to www.NCCPD.com and following the link for Tips and Alerts. You will be asked for a subject line, the location the tip applies to, and your tip information. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Citizens who currently have the Smartphone App are encouraged to use the “submit tip” tab to submit tips. Select a topic by using the “drop down” and complete the tip by “clicking” submit. The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all IPhone and Android smartphones.