County approves OHV ordinance
A new Garfield County ordinance outlines where off-highway vehicles can travel on county roads. It is the first step toward a master trail guide that will boost economic development in the region, and ensure access to public lands for residents and visitors.
The measure authorizes OHV use on Garfield County roads that are not part of the state highway system. A state law adopted in April, 2016, requires OHV drivers to be licensed and carry liability insurance. Drivers must also be at least 16 years of age.
A new map designates which roads are open for use, and signage is being placed to indicate if OHVs are permitted.
Under the ordinance, “OHVs shall not exceed 35 miles per hour or the posted speed limit, whichever is less,” and all drivers must wear eye protection, such as goggles or glasses.
Snowmobiles, military and agricultural vehicles, and golf carts do not fall under the category OHVs.
The document and map may be amended, and discussions are planned with Rio Blanco and Mesa counties concerning roadways that cross county boundaries that may have differing rules on OHV use.
New OHV ordinance:
- Allows OHV travel on county roads
- Drivers must be 16 years old, and have a valid driver’s license
- Drivers must possess liability insurance
- Vehicles cannot exceed 35 miles per hour, or the posted speed limit, whichever is less
- Drivers must wear eye protection
- OHVs must have at least one functioning light on the front and a tail light on the back.
- Both passengers and drivers under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.