Should ATVs be allowed on certain public roads at certain times of the year? Our readers respond:

I think yes they should be allowed as long as they drive like someone. They are listed as ATVs — all terrain. What chance does a motorcycle or a car stand against an 18-wheeler?
John H.

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How about when Mark Love and Steve Howard decide to drag in 5,000 tourists we designate one lane, both sides of the road (for ATVs)? And monitor it just like anyone would monitor a massive event. People need to go back to the hotel. People need beer, cigs, gas, food. And the store owners need their money. How about instead of bringing in a bunch of THP, come up with something beneficial for both sides of the fence?
Jared A.

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I think it should be the people’s choice, not everyone else’s. That is what brings the money into this county and we need it. Poeple should be more careful in ATVs, but also in cars and trucks.
Eulane H.

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Only if they are registered, insured, and follow all traffic and helmeet laws. I’m sick of coming home for the weekend and seeing people riding all over the main roads with no helmets, with children, and driving like morons. Then the cops pull me over for having long hair and a guitar. Bravo Scott County.
Tyler K.

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If they have to carry insurance and have a license, same as motorcycles and cars, then sure. But we know how the insurance and license thing works. Those that will follow the law will and those that don’t care won’t.
Vanessa B.

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Yes I think we should be able to ride them. Some of us don’t have a truck to haul them. And people who say it’s not safe, in that case it isn’t safe to get into a car either. You have idiots everywhere you go. I think a four-wheeler is the same as a motorcycle. I don’t like hearing of people getting hurt but people do every day in cars. The way I see it, if you act like an idiot and pull out in front of someone and something bad happens, there should be some liability to fix it.
April G.

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They aren’t made for highway travel. They cannot compete with a vehicle traveling 60 mph. It’s just not safe for people to be on a major highway on an ATV or side-by-side. The law is there for a very good reason and should be enforced more than it is. Yes it may cause an inconvenience but wouldn’t you rather haul your ATV to where you’re going than be run over by an 18-wheeler? I love riding my four-wheelers and always have but you won’t see me go down 27 or 63 on them.
Rhyan P.

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No. My reasons for thinking the way I do is seeing people being irresponsible on them. I have had people pull in front of me at very close distances doing wheelies, seeing 8-year-old children driving them with no adult supervision and no helmets on Hwy. 27. If people were more responsible with them then perhaps it wouldn’t be as bad, but if you’re putting not only yourself but my family in danger then I am against it.
Carla S.

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There are two sides to every story and sometimes more, and two wrongs don’t make a right. Law enforcement should be enforcing existing laws that have been on the books for years. Just because they didn’t aggressively enforce them in the past doesn’t mean they should ignore them forever. With that said, I’m all for these events and the revenue it brings into the community but it must be policed better. The two principal organizers of these events should get together and work something out to ensure ATV’ers know and abide by the rules but this isn’t likely to happen.
Jim M.

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People speak of irresponsibility and ATVs, driving reckless, speeding and so on. But people are just as reckless in vehicles, texting while driving, talking on cell phones and not paying attention, pulling out in front of people, no seatbelts, not having children in car seats buckled properly, driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs. To me, vehicles as well as ATVs and side-by-sides can be dangerous. I have seen people acting responsible on these off-road vehicles both in the different areas we locals ride as well as seeing them ride the shoulders of the highway here and there in different parts of the county, so surely there can be some common ground people can meet on with this issue.
Greg S.

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