Motocross, ATV riders ask Suffolk Legislature for closer racetrack in county
Motocross and ATV riders took their concerns to the Suffolk County Legislature Wednesday about not having no place to ride legally.
The only racetrack on Long Island, 10th Street Motocross in Ronkonkoma, closed down two weeks ago - leaving the riders with nowhere to practice and compete safely.
"We can't ride in the backyard, we don't want to disturb anybody, and I don't want to make my neighbors hate me," says Alexa Laxton, of Shoreham.
The riders say they have to travel to a racetrack two hours and 30 minutes away. They hope Suffolk County legislators can help them find something closer.
It is currently illegal to ride dirt bikes and ATVs in Suffolk, and riders could receive up to $1,000 in fines for riding on public roads.
Presiding Officer Kevin McCaffrey says he and the rest of the Legislature heard their concerns and are willing to work with them to find to find someplace suitable and safe on the Island.
"These are not the same people that are out there recklessly driving on roadways, intimidating and threatening, pedestrians and other motorists," McCaffrey says. "We want to try and encourage that any way that we can."