Logan County ATV Debate

The Hatfield McCoy trails opened up its eighth connector to the city of Logan, which means ATVs and cars share the paved roads.

“It will not be like they are out riding in the wide open through downtown Logan,” Senator Earl Ray Tomblin (D) of Logan County said, “It's worked in Gilbert and other southern W.Va. towns.

Safety is still a concern. By law, ATVs can't be ridden on public roads with yellow lines. Unmarked public roads are up to each county. In Kanawha County, it’s banned.

Delegate Jeff Eldridge (D) of Logan County said, “Thomas Jefferson said too many laws is like not having any laws at all, so I think we can enforce too many laws on people.”

As the number of deaths on ATVs goes up, the debate stands that more laws could save lives.

As community leaders wait to see what this connector will do for the economy, they look to keep riders in line.

In 2004, West Virginia passed a law that said kids must wear helmets when on four wheelers and they must take a training course.

Those are just some of the laws people say are not enforced.

Police agencies have spoken up about the issue, saying trying to chase down someone on an ATV isn't an easy task.


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