Police remind ATV drivers to stay off the street

PRINCETON, WV (WOAY) – Earlier this year, a bill passed allowing ATV drivers to take to the streets.

However, some areas still have ordinances against those vehicles on the road. Princeton police have seen more ATVs on roads lately and remind the public that a local ordinance still prohibits the vehicles for safety reasons.

“We are worried about vehicle versus, you know, side-by-side four-wheelers because I’m sure you can find incidents where this has happened and the outcome is not too good,” said Lt. J.D. Halsey. “That’s why will continue to enforce it because we worry about everybody’s safety. We think it’s beneficial to continue to enforce the ordinance that we have.”

Right now, police are mainly giving out warnings as many are unaware of the ordinance, but repeat offenders could end up getting towed and handed a citation.

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