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Reminder Issued On ATV Ordinance

By Staff | May 3, 2016

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office is reminding operators of All Terrain Vehicles and Off Road Vehicles of a Palo Alto County Ordinance regarding the operations of these vehicles on roadways in the county. The ordinance was adopted Feb. 16 of this year.

“Since the adoption of this ordinance, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office has received many inquiries about the ordinance,” noted Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes. “One frequently asked question is in regards to the speed at which these vehicles can be driven on roads.”

According to the Code of Iowa, Section 321.234A(2), “an all-terrain vehicle shall be operated at speeds of thirty-five (35) miles per hour or less.”

“This is a safety issue, pure and simple,” Schultes said. “The faster these vehicles travel, the more apt they are to lose control and roll over or spin out of control into an oncoming vehicle.”

Operators of these ATV’s and ORV’s are reminded that if they have questions on the operations or the county’s ordinance, they can go on-line to find answers.

“Please go to our website at www.paloaltosheriff.com to see the entire ordinance and a few other supporting documents,” Schultes said. “You can also review the entire Iowa Code Chapter 321I that regulates ATV’s.’