New Law Means Tougher Restrictions for Off-Road Vehicles

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill that tightens the rules for off-road vehicles that allows 250 state officers to enforce laws on federal lands.

The new law prohibits motor vehicles from using public lands, trails, or roads unless it's authorized by a sign or other means.

Violations in designated wilderness areas would carry a $200 fine.

Supporters defeated and amendment that would have made the trails open to use unless they are specifically closed. Instead, people will be given maps to tell them which ones are open, or they could check the signs.

Opponents argued it's wrong to use state funds to enforce laws for the federal government.


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  • by Guadalupe Location: Grand Malfunction on Mar 22, 2008 at 07:25 AM
    If you research this issue you will find 99% of the problems are from the few idiots out there on ATVs. Not motorcycles.
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