MERRILLVILLE | Safety and noise concerns involving off-road vehicles have town leaders looking at ways to address the problems.
Town Council President Carol Miano said she has received regular complaints about people riding dirt bikes on property on Taft Street near railroad tracks.
Miano said she is worried about people falling off the dirt bikes and getting hurt.
She said noise created by dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles have been a nuisance to some residents.
To improve safety and eliminate noise, Miano has proposed an ordinance that would prohibit the recreational use of off-road vehicles on public properties and in areas zoned residential and agricultural.
If the measure advances, fines could start at $500 for those in violation of the proposed rules, Miano said.
The ordinance wouldn't apply to off-road vehicles used for law enforcement purposes, functions of town government and during the normal course of business for farming operations, Miano said.
Bruce Spires, Merrillville's town manager/director of municipal operations, said a draft of the ordinance has been sent to Town Attorney John Bushemi for his review.
Spires said Bushemi also is reviewing state laws that could apply to the situation.