HAZARD – Officers with the Hazard Police Department have begun cracking down on ATVs on city streets.
Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen noted that the department has received several complaints within city limits about the vehicles, which are illegal to ride on the highway. As a result, he said the department will be enforcing those laws more than what has been done in the past.
“Anytime you got those things out operating on city streets or highways, it’s a problem,” Allen said, adding that it is a safety concern for the ATV operator. “It is against the law, and we’re going to start enforcing those kinds of actions on that.”
According to state law, it is illegal to ride an ATV on a public road or highway, except to cross the road. Allen said officers have been issuing verbal warnings, but they will begin writing tickets as well.
“If we catch them out from now on we’re going to start citing them,” he said.