DASO URGES SAFE ATV AND UTV DRIVING

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DASO URGES SAFE ATV AND UTV DRIVING

Doña Ana County is experiencing a significant uptick in outdoor recreation, since the state public health order went into effect in late March, especially driving Off-Highway Vehicles, OHVs and Utility Task Vehicles, UTVs on paved streets, private roads and County-owned and controlled highways.

The Doña Ana Sheriff’s Office, DASO urges OHV and UTV drivers to enjoy the outdoors safely and responsibly, and abide by state statutes and Doña Ana County’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Ordinance, which call for the following, among other requirements.

New Mexico State Statutes 66-3-1001 through 66-3-1021:

·       Vehicle registration

·       Safety requirements include helmet and, if available, seatbelts

·       Eye protection

·       Helmet is required for all operators under 18 years old

·       Parental supervision

Doña Ana County Ordinance:

  • ATV /UTVs must have one or more headlamps and tail lamps
  • Driver must hold valid diver license and safety permit, insurance and registration
  • Speed limit is 35 MPH for ATVs or posted limit; 45 MPH for UTVs or posted limit, whichever is lower
  • Eye protection and helmets must be worn, if under 18 years old
  • Must follow all traffic laws while on roadway

During this targeted patrol, DASO deputies will provide information and guidance about the appropriate use of OHVs and ATV’s in order to help residents plan ahead to enjoy using these vehicles in a safe manner.

Following this educational effort, DASO will conduct enforcement initiatives to curb violations of the Dona Ana County’s Off-highway Motor Vehicle ordinance. This enforcement effort will be conducted in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management as they also have received trespassing complaints referencing both private and restricted lands.

For more information, please contact the Sheriff’s Office, at (575) 525-1911.

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