(Franklin County, Ind.) - Should off-road vehicles be allowed on the road? That’s the question Franklin County Commissioners are trying to answer.
Commissioners are considering an ordinance that would permit four wheelers, ATVs, and golf carts on county roads, the Franklin County Observer newsletter reports.
The issue has generated a lot of controversy among Franklin County residents. Some say the ORVs are a nuisance on county roads. Others believe they play an important part in farm work and an ordinance could deter visitors from one of the county’s biggest attractions, Haspin Acres Off-Road & Motocross Park in Laurel.
The draft ordinance would only allow the ORVs on the road during daylight hours, but they would still have to be equipped with lights. Drivers would have to be at least 18-years-old and posses a valid driver license. Insurance of the off-road vehicle would also be required.
A violation would mean $166.50 in fines and court costs for the first offense. The fine would increase to $266.50 along with a 60 day suspension from using an ORV on county roads on a second offense. Third and subsequent violations would bring a $416.50 fine and a lifetime suspension of the privilege.
A public hearing on the proposed ordinance will be held by County Commissioners on Monday, May 13 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Franklin County Government Center in Brookville.