The Ridley Township Police Department has instituted a zero tolerance policy in regard to use of any type of vehicle on Township property. There have been numerous incidents which have resulted in thousands of dollars of damage to our parks. The most recent occurred at Blackrock Park in the Swathmorewood Section of the Township (Refer to attached photos). According to Title 75 3717(a) – Trespass by motor vehicle, “It is unlawful for someone to operate a motor vehicle on private real property other than a private road or driveway without consent of the owner or lessor of the real property.” Those convicted of the offense may face a fines up to $1000 plus suspension of operating privileges.
According to the Township of Ridley’s Code Book – Chapter 299-6 (c). Use of motor-driven vehicles or devices, “No person shall operate a motor-driven vehicle or device, including but not limited to all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, minibikes, scooters, power wheels, pedal cycles or motorized go-carts, upon any street, way, alley or highway located in the Township of Ridley or upon any Township-owned or leased property, including parks.” Offenders of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1000 plus costs and, in default of said fines and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.
Those that continue to violate these statutes and ordinances will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The vehicle, ATV, dirt bike or other motorized recreational vehicle will be impounded. The operator cited accordingly. In order to reclaim the vehicle, proof of ownership must be established and payment of costs of impoundment. Furthermore, all fines as well as restitution must be paid prior to release. If anyone knows who is responsible for the documented damage to Blackrock Park, please contact the Ridley Township Detectives at (610)532-4002.