|Vilas should allow ATVs|
Letter to Editor:
According to a recent Department of Natural Resources publication, there are more than 330,000 all-terrain vehicles (ATV)/utility-task vehicles (UTV) registered in our wonderful state. Hmmm, sounds close to snowmobile registrations or even greater. Isn’t it time for Vilas County to realize this is an outdoor sport and it deserves to be allowed in our county?Areas like Three Lakes and Sugar Camp have started with ATV routes and have had much success. Why can’t we? Our family is sick of having to trailer our machines out of the county for a day or weekend of fun. Gas, food, lodging all outside of Vilas. Families ride ATVs and UTVs, the average rider is between 40-50 years old.
Let’s bring the “ugly” in. Last year’s ATV season running from mid-April to mid-November saw 22 fatalities; nine were alcohol related. Our snowmobile season was phenomenal this year with the long winter we had. But there were still 23 fatalities. Thankfully, none were in Vilas. But the alcohol statistics tied to the fatalities are staggering. Sixteen of the 23 were alcohol related. Of those, five were above 0.200%.
We have all these wonderful snowmobile trails. Is it really that bad to have ATV trails in our county? We would be bringing in tourism dollars and there would be clubs to maintain trails. Think about it Vilas County and stop voting it down every time it comes up.
And I think Wisconsin should pass a law to hold it against the offender’s drivers license if they’re caught drinking and driving in either sport.
|Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:45 AM|