Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown will host a forum on Thursday, Aug. 29, to gather input from the public regarding Washington State’s new law allowing All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) on county roads.
The Washington State Legislature passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1632 during this past legislative session. The new law legalizes the use of Wheeled All Terrain Vehicles on county roads in Washington State. Use of ATVs varies from county to county based on population. Skamania County, because it has a population of less than 15,000 automatically qualifies for general use on all county roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or less.
Under the law, ATV use is prohibited on city streets unless the city adopts an ordinance allowing use.
The county has the authority within the law to designate certain roads as unsuitable. This condition will be one of the topics of discussion at the forum. Additionally, the sheriff will distribute information that highlights the licensing requirements, areas where riding is both allowed and prohibited within the county and safety requirements.
“This will provide an opportunity for ATV enthusiasts to learn about the requirements under the law before taking to the road. We are hoping to have an informative discussion about licensing requirements and safety as well as gather input that may help in determining particular areas in the county where ATV use may not be suitable,” said Sheriff Brown.
A representative from the prosecutors office will be on hand as well as the Skamania County Director of Public Works.
The forum will be held in the Rock Creek auditorium at the Hegewald Center in Stevenson and will begin at 6:30 p.m.