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Sheriff Postpones ATV meeting

September 15th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

A townhall meeting on the provisions of the County’s newly adopted ATV legislation to be conducted by Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson set for September 17, 2018 has been postponed. The event has been rescheduled for September 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM and will be held at the Mount Savage Fire Hall.

The information session will focus on the permitting process and license requirements spelled out in the local legislation. Sheriff Robertson will be joined by Garrett County Sheriff Rob Corley, who oversees a similar ATV law in Garrett County. Additional townhalls will be announced when scheduled.    

The Allegany County Board of County Commissioners enacted Code Home Rule Bill 4-18 at its Public Business Meeting on September 6, 2018. The newly enacted legislation will take effect on October 21, 2018. The bill will allow riders to operate ATVs, Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs), snowmobiles and other similar all-terrain vehicles on public roads designated by the County at a speed of not more than 25 miles per hour for a distance up to 2 miles. The law specifies that use of County roadways is allowed “for the sole purpose of gaining access to trails on which the operation of an All-Terrain Vehicle is authorized, or to a field, or to another area where the operation of an All-Terrain Vehicle is authorized.”

The local legislation is being enacted as a result of legislation proposed by Senator George C. Edwards during the 2018 Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly. The law is identical to local law that has been in effect in Garrett County since 2017.

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