ATV restrictions considered

Register City Editor

Allen County commissioners will consider a resolution Tuesday to put restrictions on all-terrain vehicles on public roads.
County Counselor Alan Weber said the main points were:
— Operators must be at least 16 and have a driver’s license;
— All rules and regulations affecting any motor vehicle apply to ATVs;
— ATVs must have head and tail lights when on roads from half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise;
— Operators under age 18 must wear an approved helmet and all operators must have eye protection;
— Passengers are permitted only when the vehicle is specifically designed to carry passengers;
— ATVs may not be ridden two or more abreast.
Farm use is exempted, except that operators must have driver’s licenses.
Weber was asked by Sheriff Tom Williams to prepare the resolution after a recent multiple ATV accident west of Iola led to the death of one rider and injuries to others.
Williams said that events involving ATVs were be-coming common as were reports of reckless operation.
The sheriff said he understood fully the advantages of ATVs for farm and other occupational uses, but feared that the fatal accident was a precursor of more tragic events.
Commissioners put off action until next week to provide time for citizen comment.