Mayor Sarno states, “I want to thank Representative/Councilor Orlando Ramos and Representative Carlos Gonzalez for refiling and supporting this important and much-need illegal dirt bike home rule legislation. As the weather starts to get warmer, we are starting to see this illegal and sometimes dangerous activity start up again. Yesterday, we had a number of incidents in our downtown and neighborhood areas that brought damage to vehicles and threats. We need to back up our Springfield Police Department and give our brave and dedicated officers the tools to quell this lawlessness and disrespect shown by the illegal dirt bike groups of marauders who have been terrorizing our downtown and neighborhood streets. I commend Representatives Ramos and Gonzalez for their leadership in working to get this home rule legislation refiled and passed in the House.”
Representative/Ward 8 Councilor Ramos stated, “These illegal riders are not only endangering their own lives, but the lives of others on the road. We have to do whatever we can to get these illegal vehicles off our streets before more people end up getting hurt. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House on getting this Home Rule Petition passed.”
Representative Gonzalez stated, “This is a public safety and a quality of life issue and I will continue to work with my colleagues in state and local government to impose appropriate legislation.”
“I look forward to continuing to work with Representative/Councilor Ramos, Representative Gonzalez, and our entire local state delegation and City Council on addressing this ongoing quality of life matter,” Mayor Sarno added.