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Panel to ponder town ATV policy
From Silverton Standard, the place where you can write!
Posted on January 31 2013, 2:30pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
ATVS illegally roll down Greene Street in this photo from the summer of 2011.
A citizens panel is being formed to advise the Silverton Town Council on whether the town should grant requests from two groups who want to operate ATVs on town streets during special events this summer.
ATVs and unlicensed off-highway vehicles are prohibited from streets and highways under state law. San Juan County allows ATVs on county roads, but they must be insured and operated by a licensed driver.
The Rocky Mountain Adventure Riders, a motorcycle group that includes mostly licensed vehicles, but some unlicensed bikes, is hoping to have the town lift the ban for a rally in late July with perhaps 500 people. 
A second group of Polaris RZR ATV enthusiasts also wants the town to be open to ATVs for a rally this summer.
Town Administrator Jason Wells said the Town Council has three basic choices at this point: Keep the state ATV ban in place, opt out of the state ban, or allow ATVs to be driven on town streets only for special events, such as the Fourth of July Parade, as already allowed, or other rallies with town permission.


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PJCNLV on February 03 2013, 8:27am
 I would like to see an "opt out" yet, continue to require a DL and Insurance. An opportunity for revenue to the county would be a yearly registration tag issued to each UTV $25, ATV $15.