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photoBanned from the streets of Twisp, ATV riders showed the flag at Twisp's recent 4th of July parade. Photo by Solveig Torvik

ATVs on Most County Roads
Regardless of speed limit

Okanogan County Commissioners Monday (July 29) opened county roads with speed limits of 35 mph and lower to all-terrain vehicle use. The ordinance goes into effect in 30 days.
On July 25, the commissioners opened 299.7 miles of roads with speed limits of 35 mph and higher to ATV traffic, but that ordinance went into effect immediately. In that case, the commissioners were seeking to grandfather in roads previously closed. Under a provision of a new law passed by the legislature, over-35 mph roads had to have been open to ATVs before July 28. 
However, the state Department of Transportation has said it cannot comply with the new licensing and registration requirements for ATV operators on the roads opened by the commissioners until March of 2014. License plates and registration will be required to operate ATVs on county roads and operators must be 16 and have a valid license.

Solveig Torvik

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