Ban 4-Wheelers On Paved Roads?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State Police are asking lawmakers to ban all-terrain vehicles from paved roads in West Virginia.

Captain J.C. Chambers heads a State Police committee on 4-wheelers.

He told lawmakers Monday that troopers believe the first thing that has to be done to address 4-wheeler problems is to get them off the road.

Chambers made his comments to a legislative interim committee that is studying modifications to the state's two-year-old 4-wheeler safety law.

Lawmakers agreed to revisit the law after 40 people died in A.T.V. accidents last year.

This year's total so far is 52.

When passing the law in 2004, lawmakers included a provision allowing 4-wheelers limited access to paved roads without center lines.

Only 13,000 of the state's 34,000 miles of highway have center lines.

The State Police A.T.V. committee wants the following changes to the law:

Mandatory helmets for all A.T.V. riders.

Only riders under 18 are now required to wear helmets.

Increased penalties for fleeing law enforcement, including mandatory jail time and impoundment of the 4-wheelers.

A requirement that all 4-wheelers to be titled and registered, and that all A.T.V.s display registration stickers.

Increased penalties for second- and third-offense A.T.V. law violations, including jail time and vehicle impoundment for third-offense convictions.

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