Watch where you go in your ATV if you DONíT want a ticket, say cops

Community Advisory from Sheriff Greg Champagne

By Staff Report

April 18, 2007 at 1:29 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Complaints to my office from citizens and parish officials continue to rise relative to the unlawful operations of motorized All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) such as four wheelers, dirt bikes and golf carts on public roads and on private property without permission of the landowners.

Many of these complaints also originate as the result of the unlawful operation of these type vehicles on parish maintained drainage levees throughout St. Charles Parish.

Over the last several months, the number of accidents involving ATVs on public streets and levees has increased including one, which resulted in a fatality.

Other accidents have resulted in serious injuries to the operators as well as other pedestrians and children on bicycles.

Deputies will cite any and all violators of these type of vehicles operating them on public roads and especially on the above mentioned drainage levee right of ways.

llegally operated ATVs are also subjected to having the vehicles towed from the point of illegal operation, which could result in substantial fees to the tow truck operators.

I urge citizens witnessing the unlawful operation of ATVs on public streets, parish drainage levees, or on private property without the permission of the owners to call us at 783-6807 or 911.

I also urge all owners of ATVs to be aware of applicable laws concerning the operations of these types of motor vehicles. Young people without appropriate parental supervision are committing many of the violations. Unless an ATV has a license plate and Department of Motor Vehicles Inspection Sticker and the operator has a helmet, it is unlawful to operate it on any public street. It is also unlawful to operate any type of motor vehicle on a parish levee. These levees are the only flood protection that many of our neighborhoods have. (Especially on the West Bank) This activity tends to deteriorate the levees and leave our homes at higher risk.

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