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Rhinelander Police Detail New ATV-UTV Ordinance

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Rhinelander Police have issued a press release detailing the rules operators of ATV-UTV's must follow if they wish to operate in the city. We have the release below:


Press Release – For Immediate Release July 3, 2019 ATV/UTV Ordinance

On Monday, June 24, 2019 the Rhinelander City Council passed an ordinance allowing ATV/UTV operation in the city.

On Tuesday, July 2, the final two steps were completed to make operation legal (ordinance published/signs were erected at the entrances into the city).

The Rhinelander Police Department would like to point out a couple of important items within the ordinance. P

lease read the entire ordinance for more detail and https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/atv/.

• Operation is allowed on all city streets except for Lincoln Street and Stevens Street (north of Dwight Street).

• Operate at the posted speed limit of 25mph. • Operate single file and to the right most portion of the lane of travel for motor vehicles. They should not operate in marked bike lanes.

• Cruising is prohibited.

• Exhaust system/muffler modifications prohibited.

• Stay on paved surfaces.

• Functional headlights, tail-lights, and brake lights.

• No operation between 11:59 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

• Head gear required for those under 18 years old.

• Accompanied by adult for those under 16 years old.

• Requires a valid motor vehicle operator’s license on person

. • Insurance is required.

• WI DNR requires ATV operators at least age 12 and born on or after January 1, 1988 must possess a valid ATV safety certificate.

• WI DNR requires UTV operators at least 16 and born on or after January 1, 1988 must possess a valid ATV/UTV safety certificate.

• All ATVs and UTVs must display current Wisconsin registration decal or possess a temporary operating receipt or possess a copy of a signed registration application from a dealer. Required to have a rear registration ID plate attached.

Additionally, Wisconsin state statute 340.01(35) definition of “motor vehicle” includes ATVs and UTVs, therefore, Chapter 346 Rules of Roads apply. Which require operators to obey all traffic rules and regulations. This also includes 346.075 Overtaking and passing bicycles. Operators shall exercise due care when passing, leaving a safe distance, but in no case less than 3 feet clearance.

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