Recent Legislative Action


HB626: Requires helmets for riders under 16 and seating restraints for riders weighing under 40 pounds (Introduced)


HB94: Requires ORV title (2/28/08: Passed House, Sent to Senate)


HB685: Requires riders under age 16 to wear helmets (5/31/07: Passed House, Sent to Senate)

Community Voices Demand Action in Alabama

Alabamans are increasingly voicing their concerns about a growing contingent of reckless riders who break the law, damage public and private land, injure themselves and others, and ruin hunting, fishing and hiking experiences for the rest of us.

  • "Damage caused by ATVs along state roadways and rights-of-way has a bottom-line impact on the taxpayers. In 2008, the state spent more than $100,000 to repair slope damage caused by ATVs, so there is an obvious worsening trend. That's why we're working with local law enforcement to prevent illegal riding and to be good fiscal and environmental stewards." -- Tony Harris, special assistant to ALDOT's director who also noted ATV’s had caused $300,000 in damage statewide in the first 4 months of 2009, "ATV drivers facing crackdown for using state, private land", Press Register (4/27/09)
  • "We get eight to 10 calls a day from people complaining about ATV riders. And we probably make two to three arrests each weekend. If it's not your property or you don't have a prior agreement, you're not supposed to be on it." -- Wayne Goolsby, Sheriff's Office Sgt, "ATV drivers facing crackdown for using state, private land", Press Register (4/27/09)
  • "The main complaint we had was that some people's kids were riding their ATVs and four wheelers through people's yards. That's where this all came from." -- Becky Landers, Birmingham City Clerk, "Riding ATV's through yards spurs drafting of ordinance", Birmingham News (8/29/07)
  • "They like to race back there, and the noise is incredible. It just sounds like a race track, and as dry as it's been, it's just a big dust bowl...What I would consider the most troublesome part is, we've heard gunfire. I have two small children, and that scares me to death." -- Brian Cagle, Homeowner, "Police to crack down on off-road vehicles", The Decatur Daily (6/10/07)

Examples of Recent ORV-Related Law Enforcement Activity

Source: United States Forest Service 


  • Lexington - On 10/26, an LEO attended Lexington Magistrate court on a mandatory court appearance for hitting an LEO's vehicle while driving an ATV. The man pleaded guilty to operating an ATV without a helmet, reckless operation, and damaging government property. He was sentenced to pay $250 in fines and $530 in restitution to repair the FS vehicle.

Recent ORV Related Media Coverage

Police: ATV riders rammed cruiser, tried to run over officer

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Written by Republican Herald   
Monday, September 13, 2010

Ben Wolfgang

GILBERTON - Borough police arrested two ATV riders on Saturday night after one of them rammed a police car and the other tried to run over an officer, authorities said.

Police said Melissa Snyder, 287 Main St., Ashland, and Stephen F. Willison, 324 Oakland Ave., Ashland, were riding ATVs west on Railroad Street at a high rate of speed. After police began pursuit at 6:27 p.m., the ATVs turned onto Route 4030.

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ATVs to be banned in Ala.'s Little River Canyon

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Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Off-road vehicles will be banned from Little River Canyon National Preserve effective Wednesday.

Park Superintendent John Bundy says officials will begin enforcing federal regulations prohibiting the use of off-road vehicles and all-terrain vehicles on roads in the preserve.

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Park Service restricts off-road vehicle use

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Written by Gadsden Times   
Thursday, August 05, 2010

Andy Powell

Off-road vehicle use at Little River Canyon National Preserve will not be allowed after Aug. 31, park officials said this week.

The practice already should have been prohibited under regulations prohibiting ATV and off-road vehicles in units of the National Park System unless a plan is in place that identifies specific areas or trails, according to a letter sent off-road permit holders.

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Murder charged in fatal ATV accident

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Written by Decatur Daily   
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Holly Hollman

A Limestone County grand jury has indicted an Ardmore man for murder in connection with a fatal four-wheeler wreck.

According to Sheriff’s Department Reports, the grand jury indicted Jonathan Paul Barnes, 27, of 24687 Barnes Road.

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ATVs at preserve up in air

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Written by The Times-Journal   
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Jared Felkins

Four-wheelers and other all-terrain vehicles could be banned in Little River Canyon National Preserve, and Congress will ultimately make the decision.

Preserve Superintendent John Bundy said Tuesday the deciding factor will lie in federal and state laws that pertain to ATV use. He said Congress requires a general management plan for the preserve that would include rules for things like hunting, fishing, threatening endangered species and ATV use.

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OHV permit under the ax

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Written by Hi-Desert Star   
Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Stacy Moore

SAN BERNARDINO — A requirement that 10 or more people gathering to go off-roading on private property must obtain a $155 permit could be erased from county code.

It’s a change that is earning approval from off-road advocates and anger from groups like Community Off-road Watch.

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The Impacts of Off-Road Vehicles are Worse than We Thought

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Written by Southern Rockies Nature Blog   
Monday, January 04, 2010

Some links related to abuse of public lands by off-road vehicle riders:

• Paul Vertrees from Backcountry Hunters & AnglersBackcountry Hunters & Anglers explains just what the problem isjust what the problem is:

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Selectmen Resume Responsibility For North Beach Patrols

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Written by North Beach Agreement   
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — At the request of Orleans officials, the Chatham board of selectmen Tuesday voted to resume responsibility for shorebird monitoring and beach patrols on Chatham's three-quarter-mile stretch of North Beach. The decision clears the way for the town to extend its beach management agreement with Orleans, keeping beach access affordable for Chatham off-road vehicle users.

If the agreement is, in fact, extended for another year, Chatham would retain the right to sell its own resident ORV permits for its portion of the beach. Nonresidents would be required to purchase their stickers through the town of Orleans, as they did this year.

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4-year-old girl killed in ATV accident in Foley; grandfather hurt

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Written by Mobile Press-Register   
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Mark R. Kent

A 4-year-old girl was killed Monday night and her grandfather was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Foley, according to police.

Another girl riding on the ATV escaped injury, police Lt. David White said.

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A.T.V. Chase Caught On Tape

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Written by WKRG Channel 5 News   
Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Pat Peterson

This quiet, country road in rural Baldwin County hasn't seen this much action in years! Late last week, a sheriff's deputy on routine patrol noticed a four-wheeler barrelling down Maytower Road in the Stockton community. The driver wasn't wearing a helmet, had no protective gear and was illegally operating the A.T.V. on a public street.

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State by State Momentum

Community Voices

"We get calls about ATVs all over the village. Usually by the time someone calls us and a car gets there, the ATVs are long gone...It's a problem in our community. We enforce it as much as we can with the tools we've got."

-- Eric Proulx, Tupper Lake police Sargent, "Illegal ATV, snowmobile use a problem in Tupper," Adirondack Daily Enterprise (11/19/08)