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Springfield City Councilors Move To Block Illegal Dirt Bike Riders From Buying Gas

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      Another step is being taken in the continuing effort to curb the illegal use of dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles on city streets.

      City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts voted unanimously Monday night to give initial approval to an ordinance that will make it illegal to sell gasoline to a person riding an off-highway vehicle.

      City Councilor and State Representative Orlando Ramos is the sponsor of the ordinance. He spoke this morning with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

  The Council could give final approval to the ordinance at their next meeting on June 14th.

 A bill sponsored by Ramos in the state legislature would give Springfield police the ability to seize and destroy dirt bikes that are being operated illegally.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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