County commissioners reject off-road vehicle ordinance

Aug 19, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Tribune-Star

Drivers of all terrain vehicles, or ATVs, cannot travel on county roads as the Vigo County board of commissioners on Tuesday unanimously agreed not to enact a county off-road vehicle ordinance.

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Anarchy

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The laws of the road are in place not just to screw with people but they are there for a reason. Many years ago when we didn't have all these laws, the roads were open to just about whatever but then things happened (accidents etc) that prompted our society to set some guidelines to avoid those promblems in the future. To let ATVs get a waiver from those laws would just be moving backwards and let's face it, most people who ride ATVs are not exactly "Safety Sams" by any stretch! I can personally attest to the fact that they terrorize my neighborhood by zooming up and down the streets in a full wheelie even though there are several kids around. A couple of crackheads even like to ride around after dark all up until daylight, nice huh?! When I get to ask them I always say, aren't those things alot more fun in the dirt than zooming up and down these residential roads? They are usually just kids that run wild because they are either unsupervised or their parents just don't give a damn but they crash all the time and get hurt really bad when they do...
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The laws of the road are in place not just to screw with people but they are there for a reason. Many years ago when we didn't have all these laws, the roads were open to just about whatever but then things happened (accidents etc) that prompted our society to set some guidelines to avoid those promblems in the future. To let ATVs get a waiver from those laws would just be moving backwards and let's face it, most people who ride ATVs are not exactly "Safety Sams" by any stretch! I can personally attest to the fact that they terrorize my neighborhood by zooming up and down the streets in a full wheelie even though there are several kids around. A couple of crackheads even like to ride around after dark all up until daylight, nice huh?! When I get to ask them I always say, aren't those things alot more fun in the dirt than zooming up and down these residential roads? They are usually just kids that run wild because they are either unsupervised or their parents just don't give a damn but they crash all the time and get hurt really bad when they do...
How do you figure it would be moving backwards? It would generate more revenue to the local and state government if they simply added the requirement of a county tag just as the state dnr tags i have purchased for my atv. There would be records of who purchased the tag , current address , and all the information that would make it easy for law enforcement to i.d. these "crackheads" that run wild! Maybe if laws were adopted (Like many other Indiana counties have done) then they wouldnt have to "zoom up and down your roads". It was suggested to make part of the west Terre Haute river bottoms a place that atv riders could ride under dnr regulations. This would reduce the number of illeagal riding through neighborhoods and roadways so much! The fact is atv riding is a popular , growing past-time for men, women , children of all ages and yet there is not (1) riding area in vigo county thyat is legal for us do so! Its time Terre Haute catch up with the rest of the world and stop catering to the ellis family, or the drunk sports reporters ,weather guys and lets not forget our meth dealing county commisioner Dave Decker whom did what about 4 months, if that in federal prison for the same charge others in the same indictment got 27 years, 22 years, 17 years. My point is this local government said "no way" to the riding area before it was ever considered because of idiots like this whom probly have political or monetary investments, swaying them to vote against it! Or maybe they owe somebody a favor because they helped someone get off "scott" free for murdering a baby enrolled in her daycare!
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Sep 5, 2010
 
Also wanted to add these river bottoms provide an excellent place to ride. lots of trails, woods, open fields , some hills and of course mud!!!lots of it usually!
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How do you figure it would be moving backwards? It would generate more revenue to the local and state government if they simply added the requirement of a county tag just as the state dnr tags i have purchased for my atv. There would be records of who purchased the tag , current address , and all the information that would make it easy for law enforcement to i.d. these "crackheads" that run wild! Maybe if laws were adopted (Like many other Indiana counties have done) then they wouldnt have to "zoom up and down your roads". It was suggested to make part of the west Terre Haute river bottoms a place that atv riders could ride under dnr regulations. This would reduce the number of illeagal riding through neighborhoods and roadways so much! The fact is atv riding is a popular , growing past-time for men, women , children of all ages and yet there is not (1) riding area in vigo county thyat is legal for us do so! Its time Terre Haute catch up with the rest of the world and stop catering to the ellis family, or the drunk sports reporters ,weather guys and lets not forget our meth dealing county commisioner Dave Decker whom did what about 4 months, if that in federal prison for the same charge others in the same indictment got 27 years, 22 years, 17 years. My point is this local government said "no way" to the riding area before it was ever considered because of idiots like this whom probly have political or monetary investments, swaying them to vote against it! Or maybe they owe somebody a favor because they helped someone get off "scott" free for murdering a baby enrolled in her daycare!
Wowee, you throw everything but the kitchen sink in with this subject in a barrage of events that you obviously fell strongly about. To stay focused on the topic at hand and save the debate of others for another posting I'd like to add the following. I work in the public safety field and to lift restrictions to allow ATVs on the road then we might as well allow, lawn mowers, mini bikes and any other redneck contraption that people can get a motor on on the roads as well. As far as riding legally in certain places I don't think it's an issue of making the vehicles legal it's the property ownership/liability issue. Nobody wants to be responsible for someone getting hurt or killed on their property just because they said it was ok. I know all the ATV folks wou ld say they wouldn't hold anyone responsible if they could just get permission to ride their but the song always changes when somebody gets hurt really bad or killed. My advice would be for all of you ATV people get together, pool your resources and buy some wooded property of your own to ride. This would completely solve your problems and give everyone a cool place to ride instead of being the renegades of the road, running from the police and blaming the politicians for not passing new laws.
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Sep 6, 2010
 
lol, ok i admit i through alot out there but i do feel strongly about the fact that not (1) available riding area is available to us. I dont really care about them making it legal to ride on county roads as much as I would like to see an area designated for off-road enthusiast to enjoy our past - time with out trespassing or breaking any laws. As for insurance or liabilities there are waivers for this to lift the burden off of the property owner. The Badlands in Attica is one example but is over an hour from here. They are private owned and have no trouble with the liability factor. Red-bird also an hour away is state owned and ran by the dnr they also lift the financial liability off the state with a simple waiver to participate form at entry to the park. I think this would generate so much revenue to the now wasted land of the west t river bottoms.
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Sep 6, 2010
 
unless the famous west t mosquitos or a.k.a. (toad hop teradactyls) need all that land to breed west nile. Put the property to use and open an off-road park. Imagine 400 visitors a day at $15-$20 a head plus $10 -$20 a day for camping it would be a good thing for the local economy.
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Sep 6, 2010
 
Badlands gets visitors all year round and people come from all over to go there. I been there once already and it is busy at times.
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I live in the country and I ride my 4-wheeler on the roads every now and again. If I ride for an hour, I maybe come across 2 or 3 cars on the road, in which I always go off into the grass to let them safely go by. To those who say "why ride on the road to begin with?" the answer is because it's enjoyable. Why ride a motorcycle on the road? It's nice have a smooth scenic country road to cruise on. What I hate to see is idiots on the roads who are about 13 years old doing wheelies, riding at night, riding on the wrong side, etc.

It's a law that really is irrelevant one way or another, because it's not easily enforced. Considering I know the area like the back of my hand and my 4-wheeler goes 80mph+, I'd be 3 miles from the Sheriff before he even turned his car around.
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So in your world everything that is illegal but tough to enforce should just be thrown out? Like drug dealing, child molesting, rape or even murder?! I don't imagine many people would really want to live in your world of anarchy and lawlessness. You want a 4 wheeler you can drive on the road then just buy a street legal version that you can actually get a title and plates for otherwise it will always be ILLEGAL! You do get the concept of illegal right? The same ILLEGAL that should keep the "undocumented" beaners out but is also difficult to enforce but we won't throw it out though.
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Sep 10, 2010
 
We can keep the evil 4 wheelers off the road while the county commissioners do nothing about the vagrant scum of this county are free to stand at all of the main intersections in town and continually beg. I would much rather see a 4 wheeler on a secondary road than the scum of the earth begging on street corners. But bring that up to them and see what they say.
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Sep 12, 2010
 
I agree that the beggars are a huge problem as well and makes our entire community look like a 3rd world country but the redneck 4 wheelers terrorizing the streets are a bad sign as well. Put those beggars to work and put the 4 wheelers in the woods where they both belong!

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