ATV Safety Bill Killed

Another year and another all-terrain vehicle safety bill has died. House Roads and Transportation chairwoman Lidella Hrutkay said she left the bill off her agenda because it lacked safety measures.

The bill would have banned ATVs from all paved roads, while giving county and municipal authorities leeway in further regulating the use of the vehicles.

The Logan County Democrat said her committee members wanted to add several provisions to strengthen the bill, such as helmets for all riders, identification stickers for all vehicles, and a minimum age for riders.

Specialty Vehicle Institute of America lobbyist Karen Coria says the Legislature has never been able to deal with all the issues at once, even though Hrutkay's concerns are legitimate ones.

Hrutkay said the committee ran out of time to work on the bill but she thinks it has a good chance next year.

A 2004 ATV safety law bans ATVs from roads with a centerline or more than two lanes, which leaves some 20,000 miles of unlined, country roads open.


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