Friday, December 03, 2004

Vermont Welcomes Bikers?


Vermont Officers Broke No Laws

December 3, 2004 Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- There was no criminal misconduct by county sheriff's department officers who broke up a Connecticut motorcycle club's group ride in August, but the Vermont attorney general's office acknowledged that mistakes were made.

"Some local and county officials don't have a lot to be proud of in their handling of this event," Attorney General William Sorrell said.

He said officers from Vermont's Windham County were mistaken in their interpretations of some laws, but didn't break any.

Riders from the Pathfinders Motorcycle Club of Bethany, Conn., complained that as they arrived on the morning of Aug. 8 at the scheduled meeting place, they were confronted by about eight cruisers full of deputies.

The bikers said the officers made threats, ranging from $80 tickets for vehicle infractions to arrests and impoundings of their motorcycles.

The bikers said they were accused of racing without the required permit, even though the event was a recreational ride and not a race.

"The Red Fox Turkey Run is a motorcycle trail ride held for the fun of the participants," a statement from Sorrell's office said.

"The route is a little over 100 miles, and is both on and off road, using public highways to connect between private properties."

Sorrell agreed with the bikers that the event was not a race and found that "clear mistakes were made" by the officers.

He also concluded that a local town ordinance purporting to regulate motor vehicle traffic on some roads was not valid and enforceable at the time of the scheduled event.

But Sorrell concluded that in both cases these errors were "the result of confusion among town and county officials over legal requirements, rather than as a result of willful criminal misconduct.

"Sorrell sent a letter to local officials commending the hundreds of participating motorcyclists "for their conduct in the face of what they could have reasonably perceived as an improper, overzealous enforcement action.

"He said that they "conducted themselves in an exemplary manner, without any disorderly behavior, and disbursed peacefully."

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

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