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OHVs now allowed on county roads

Moffat County Commission amends 1996 bill limiting vehicles’ access

— Moffat County residents may now ride off-highway vehicles on all county roads.

The county commission voted, 3-0, Tuesday to amend a 1996 bill, which allowed such vehicles on county roads but limited the roads they could be driven on.

The commission was approached by a group of residents who were interested in changing the resolution, county commissioner Audrey Danner said.

Colorado statues define an off-highway vehicle as “any self-propelled vehicle, which is designed to travel on wheels or tracks in contact with the ground, designed primarily for use off of the public highways,” and “generally and commonly used to transport persons for recreational purposes.”

Vehicles not included in the definition are snowmobiles, golf carts and vehicles “designed and used specifically for agricultural, logging or mining purposes.”

While many county roads are unpaved, Moffat County Road and Bridge Director Bill Mack, said the new resolution will not damage them.

“I think an ATV is fairly low-impact,” he said. “I think people are fairly responsible with their ATVs. We really don’t have a concern with it.”

Mack said Moffat County residents have been operating OHVs on county roads despite the resolution.

“We’ve had folks using ATVs on them for quite some time, and I don’t see much difference other than it’s OK to do it now,” he said.

The amended resolution requires OHVs to have proper safety equipment such as headlights, taillights and a working brake system.

It also requires that anyone operating an OHV on a county road “shall be in possession of a valid driver’s license” or “shall be under the immediate and direct visual supervision of a resident with a driver’s license.”

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