The Wayne County Outlook

Local News

August 14, 2007

ATV ordinance dies without any action

Monticello — An ordinance that would allow ATV's to be driven on county roads died

without any action, during a meeting of Wayne County Fiscal Court on

Thursday, August 9.

Magistrates heard the second reading of the ordinance, which would allow

licensed drivers to operate ATV's on county roads as long as they were

insured, had a head light and two tail lights, and followed all traffic

regulations. But no one made a motion in regard to the ordinance.

In fact, each of the magistrates outlined why he was not in favor of the

law.

District Two Magistrate Darrell Dishman, who originally brought the

petition to the court asking that ATV's be allowed to travel on county roads

in order to reach off-road trails, said he was opposed to the ordinance

because he did not want to burden riders with purchasing liability

insurance.

"I don't want to vote for anything that would make people get more

insurance," stated Dishman.

He said this would not benefit the people but it would benefit insurance

companies.

Dishman expressed his appreciation to all the people who attended the

public hearing held July 31 to comment on this proposal.

"We had a lot of good comments and I appreciate all of them," said

Dishman.

He added that as far as he was concerned "this is a dead issue."

District Three Magistrate Dale Vaughn said he was opposed to this

ordinance from the first day he learned about it. But he said he wanted to

keep and open mind and listen to those who voiced an opinion.

With Kentucky leading the nation in ATV deaths right now, Vaughn said he

was afraid the numbers would skyrocket with an ordinance like this.

"I would have voted no, if it had come to a vote," stated Vaughn.

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