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Union ATV Ordinance

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 1:22pm





The purpose of this ordinance is to establish all-terrain vehicle routes in the town and to regulate the operation of all-terrain vehicles in the town.

The Town Board of the Town of Union, Pierce County, Wisconsin has the specific authority to adopt this All-Terrain Vehicle Route Ordinance under s23.33 (8) (b) and (11), Wis. Stats. Operation of ATV's shall be subject to all provision of s.23.33, Wis. Stats.

No person may operate an ATV on the roadway portion of any highway in the town except on roadways that are designated as ATV routes by this ordinance. Operation of ATV's or1 a. roadway in the town that is an ATV route is authorized only for the extreme right side of the roadway except that left turns may be made from any part of the roadway that is safe given prevailing conditions. On paved roadway ATV's must be operated on the paved portion of the roadway and not on the gravel shoulder.

All township roads in the Town of Union are designated as all-terrain vehicle routes.

In addition to the provisions of s.23.33, Wis. Scats, the following restrictions are placed on the use of the town ATV routes designated by this ordinance: all ATV operators shall observe a speed. limit of not more than 40 mph. or the posted roadway speed limit (whichever is lower); all ATV operators shall ride single file; the allowed hours of operation shall, be froth 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. during Daylight Savings Time and from 6:00 a.m., to 7:00 p.m. during Standard Time; if you are under age 12 you cannot operate: an ATV on a road, or route under any circumstances; if you are under the age of 16, you cannot operate an ATV on a roadway (where allowed) without a safety certification; all ATV operators 12 to 15 must be under the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian at all times when operating on a designated ATV route; all persons under 18 must wear a helmet.

This ordinance may be enforced by any law enforcement officer authorized to enforce the laws of the state of Wisconsin. The penalties under s.23.33 (l3) (a), Wis. Stats, are adopted by reference.

If any provision of this ordinaries or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of this ordinance that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to the end, tits provisions of this ordinance are severable.

This ordinance is effective when ATV route signs are posted by the Pierce County ATV club and goes for a probationary period beginning June 9, 2009 until December 9, 2009 but can be discontinued at any time by the decision of the Union. Town Board.

Adopted this 10th day of June, 2009.


Bill Bechel, Chairman

Monica Krings, Clerk

Published June 17, 2009 24 1C