Rolling Green neighborhood residents help police crack down on ATV riders

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ROCKFORD (WREX) –People in the Rolling Green neighborhood on the city’s south east side say the are not happy with others driving ATVs and four wheelers in Rockford.

“You know them riding down Colorado, all hours of the day, full blast, it’s a nuisance,” said Rolling Green neighborhood resident Heather Vecchione

While it is illegal to drive both on city streets, that hasn’t stopped people from doing it

“The neighbors are fed up, the neighbors are done,” said Vecchione

It’s pushed people like Heather Vecchione to step up and start helping police catch offenders.

“Police can’t be everywhere, they can’t be here all of the time. So it’s up to us to take our community back,”said Vecchioni

For starters, neighbors are committed to being the eyes and ears for police.

Over 30 homeowners have agreed to hand over any video footage captured on their home security systems.

“Developing this bond and trust between the neighborhood groups city wide and versus them needing us all the time,when we need their help, they are there to help us out,”said Rockford Police Officer Matthew Williams

So far four four wheelers have been seized, two arrest warrants have been issued, and several other warrants are under review.

“Once the word travels that hey my bike got seized, and I will not get it back, hopefully it will wake them up,” said Vecchione

“So if they would gladly just follow the rules and go to places where they can ride them, research and do the right thing, we wouldn’t have that issue,” said Officer Williams

There are numerous trails and paths available for legal ATV and four wheeler driving.

Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker

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