Ordinance will allow ATVs, UTVs on Scottsburg streets September 29

An ordinance adopted by the Scottsburg City Council on August 9 will allow off-road vehicles to use streets in the city starting September 29.
The legal advertisement was published August 29 in a Crothersville newspaper. By state law, the ordinance takes effect 30 days after that date, so folks shouldn’t be in a hurry to use their all-terrain vehicles yet.
Additionally, those who want to drive ATVs for short trips in Scottsburg cannot continually ride on state roads. They may cross state highways but not use them consistently to get to a destination.
The ordinance’s definition of an ATV does not include snowmobiles, golf carts, amphibious vehicles, or a vehicle used for military or law enforcement, construction, mining or industries.
Additionally, drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid Indiana driver license.
Other requirements include:
Registration of the ATV annually with the Scottsburg Police Department.
Having operable headlights, taillights, brakes and rear-view mirror is required. The ATV must have an orange pennant or flag at least 12 inches but not more than ten feet long fixed to a staff or pole at least four feet long; or a slow-moving vehicle emblem displayed on the rear of the ATV; or an operable turn signal kit installed.
The number of people riding in the ATV cannot be more than what the ATV is designed to carry. No part of the driver’s or passenger’s body can extend outside it.
The driver/owner must have liability insurance coverage.
ATVs cannot be on city streets between the hours of 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Persons violating any portion of the ordinance can have their ATVs impounded by law enforcement officers.
Fines for violations occurring in one year are $50 for the first offense and $100 for the second offense and revocation of registration.
To learn more about the new ordinance, call the Mayor’s Office at 812-752-3169. Scottsburg Police Department may be reached at 812-752-4462.