Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 13, 2013

Still confused over local ATV laws

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— I have read several articles in your paper in recent days on ATV laws. I have also read West Virginia code. I think this one paragraph sums up the confusion that all ATV riders may have, including myself.

“Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter to the contrary, a municipality, county or other political subdivision of the state may authorize the operation of all-terrain vehicles on certain specified roads, streets or highways which are marked with centerline pavement markings, other than interstate highways, to allow participation in parades, exhibitions and other special events, in emergencies or for specified purposes.”

“Other special events,” I am sure, means the Hatfield-McCoy trails.

All towns have their own laws, hence the confusion. Locals see Hatfield-McCoy ATV riders riding in certain areas, and think they can. Unlike those from out of state, we live here. We tend to think the state is better to out-of-state people than it is to its citizens, who pay taxes, work and live here. They are allowed and West Virginians aren’t. Maybe if we purchase those little trail permits, then we could get a free pass as well?

Marie Burrell