New ordinance for off-road

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The Clayton County Board of Supervisors has approved an ordinance that allows off-road utility vehicles to operate on county gravel roads, except level C roadways.  A person can also operate a vehicle on a paved county road only so far as to reach a permissable county gravel road. The ordinance does not apply to all-terrain vehicles.

 An off-road utility vehicle is defined in the ordinance as a motorized flotation-tire vehicle with not less than four and not more than eight low pressure tires, with an engine displacement of less than 1,500 cubic centimeters and a total weight of not more than 1,900 pounds.  It must also have a bucket or bench design seat not intended to be straddled by the operator, and a steering wheel or control levers for control.

 Vehicles must be registered, have a lighted headlight tail light and turn signals, be insured and may not travel at a speed of more than 35 miles per hour on the roadway.  Operators under the age of 18 must have a valid IDNR Certification of Off-Road Utility Vehicle education course.

The ordinance will take effect on April 19. 

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