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ATVs Allowed on This Road

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We've heard of people driving golf carts on streets but now people are driving ATVs too, at least in Lyman, Washington that is.

In September of this year, the idea of allowing ATVs, or all-terrain vehicles, to be driven in town was brought by the former mayor of Lyman, Debra Heinzman. The Town Clerk Debbie Boyd said that the council discussed the idea in September and October before passing it on November 15. Lyman is the first local government to pass such a rule in Skagit county in Washington.

The allowance of ATVs on the road is actually an update to a law from 2013. That law allowed for licensing an ATV for on and off road but not to drive them. The new rule allows ATVs on roadways with a speed limit of 35 mph or under the discretion of towns, cities, and counties. Under this law, ATVs are defined as motorized vehicle with four or more wheels and weighing between 900 and 1,500 pounds. As of November 2015, 17 counties out of 36 in the state allow for ATVs on local roads.

ATVs cannot cross state highways and must have license plates and tabs. They must also be equipped with headlights, brake lights, and mirrors. Of course, drivers must be licensed as well.

Heinzman is now riding her ATV to work as the owner of Lyman Tavern. She has made her ATV road ready as stipulated by law and is excited to be able to use her ATV on a regular basis. For her, it'll reduce fuel costs and get the most out of her ATV.

According to Heinzman, "Several people that live in the outskirts of town are really happy. People want to be able to use their vehicles in their own state without having to drive five or more hours away."

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