Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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May 7, 2013

Commissioners want off-road vehicle feedback

Meeting slated for May 13 in Batesville

— Franklin County Commissioners will conduct another public meeting Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in the Brookville government center to listen to feedback on the final draft of an ordinance to allow off-road vehicles and golf carts on county roads from sunrise to sunset, said Commissioner Tom Linkel, Batesville.

Each driver would have to be at least 18, have a valid driver’s license and proof of liability insurance. County attorney John Worth said the motor vehicle liability insurance state minimum is $25,000.

Both vehicles would be allowed to cross state highways, but not travel on them.

These types of vehicles must travel single-file on county roads, according to the document.

A few county roads would be closed to ORVs and golf carts in an attempt to prevent them from leaving Haspin Acres: Dam Road; Laurel Road from State Road 121 to Stone Church Road; Stone Church Road from Laurel Road to Little Duck Creek Road; and St. Mary’s Road from Shop Road to the Brookville town limit.

Linkel reported, “The Laurel Town Council is afraid of losing a lot of business” with that rule, so off-road vehicles would be allowed on county roads from Haspin Acres to Laurel during special events, such as fund-raisers.

The proposed ordinance specifies ORVs must have headlights, taillights and brake lights. Golf carts would be required to have headlights and taillights as well as slow-moving vehicles signs. Passengers are limited based on the vehicle.

Fines collected from violating the ordinance would be deposited in the county’s General Fund. First violation: $50; second violation: $250 and 60-day suspension from using golf cart or ORV on county roads; third and subsequent violations: $400 and lifetime suspension. Court costs of $116.50 also would be levied.

If it is adopted, the ordinance would take effect July 1. Local law enforcement would enforce the rules, Linkel said.

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