Dubuque A.T.V. Committee considers raising driver age; other safety features

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – Almost two months ago, the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors voted to create an ordinance that would allow A.T.V. and U.T.V. vehicles on county roads. Now, they are drafting laws to keep everyone safe.

First, council members are trying to determine what roads will be safe enough to allow A.T.V. vehicles on. They are using data gathered from traffic and crash reports, as well as looking at cement and gravel quality.

By state and federal law, A.T.V/ U.T.V. are not allowed on state highways.

Next, the committee is deciding what age they should allow people to drive the A.T.V./ U.T.V. vehicles. Currently, the committee is considering only allowing drivers that 18-years or older with a drivers license.

Dave Baker, Chairman of the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors, said that they want drivers to be responsible while operating these vehicles.

“It’s new. And we can let riders get used to this other traffic,” said Baker. “And then maybe down the road bring in the 16 and 17-year-old’s with drivers licenses. But also with some extra training with the D.N.R on A.T.V’s and U.T.V’s.”

Lastly, the committee wants these vehicles to be equipped with certain safety features. These include seat belts and reflective gear.

Currently, the board members are still discussing these topics. They hope to have a final ordinance by September.

Ashley Scott

Ashley Scott

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