(12/13/2001)
An interim legislative committee has approved an ATV bill which will be submitted to the West Virginia Legislature for consideration, with few expecting its current provisions to become law.

The bill calls for ATV operators to wear helmets, even on private property. Concerns have been expressed regarding the constitutionality of making citizens wear helmets on their own land. The proposed bill also prohibits the carrying of passengers, unless the vehicle is approved for a second rider.

The bill would give county commissions the authority to determine where ATV riders may ride, including a provision each rider must have a valid drivers license.

Currently, ATV riders may go just about anywhere, except on interstate highways.


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