Date: June 3, 2009
Time: 9:30 AM
Bronson, Florida-The Levy County Sheriff's Office has seen an increase in All Terrain Vehicles complaints this year. I recognize that Levy County is a rural area and many people own ATV's. Last year there was a tragic ATV accident in the Williston area resulting in a small child losing his life. I would like to inform you of the laws pertaining to ATV's and give you some safety tips to prevent you from being a victim of an ATV accident.
In 2006 the Florida Legislature passed a law allowing ATV's to be operated on any public roads or streets during the daytime hours on an unpaved roadway where the posted speed limit is less than 35 miles per hour by a licensed driver. The Levy County Commissioners on October 17, 2006 passed County Ordinance 90-3 stating it is unlawful to operate an ATV on any roadway, paved or unpaved streets in Levy County. In Levy County there are several locations to legally ride and have good quality family time when riding your ATV.
Under Florida State Statue 316.2074 (3) it is unlawful for any person 16 years of age or under to operate or be a passenger on an ATV without a helmet and safety goggles. No person shall be a passenger on an ATV that is not designed or equipped for said person.
ATV Safety Tips:
- Wear a helmet & eye protection at all times.
- Do not carry passengers on an ATV.
- Do not let young or inexperienced riders operate ATVs without training & supervision.
- Do not use alcohol or other drugs when riding.
- Always maintain a safe distance between riders.
- Always let someone know where you are riding.
- Never ride alone.
- Always ride at a safe and responsible speed. Know your abilities and don't exceed those levels.
- Make sure the ATV is in safe working condition.