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NOPD to crack down on ATV use after hit-and-run death 

Action prompted by ATV death in Treme

  The New Orleans City Council opened its Aug. 14 meeting by addressing four-wheel all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on city streets. New Orleans cops will begin cracking down on ATVs, which lawmen stressed are not "street legal" in New Orleans.

  City Council president Stacy Head stressed that NOPD will begin seizing ATVs on the street. Head also said she sent a letter to the Louisiana State Police (LSP) requesting more state trooper presence on local stretches of Interstate 10 (particularly to control ATVs), but has yet to receive a response from LSP.

  The presentation followed a July 27 fatal hit-and-run outside Kermit's Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge where an ATV struck Daphne Cola. Doctors took her off life support nine days later. Security footage shows the ATV driver and a passenger walking away from the scene after the vehicle hit Cola and a parked car before flipping over.

  Cola's sister Tiffany appeared before the Council in tears. "I'm here for my sister, because she can't come here to speak today," she said. "She lost her life because of these senseless people who drive on pavements, sidewalks, where they shouldn't be. ... I can't bring her back. I don't want anyone else to suffer."

  The City Council also will consider an ordinance to better define how pedestrians should cross intersections. That ordinance was deferred to the council's Community Development Committee, scheduled to meet Aug. 18.

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