To the editor
(Re.“Why do some want ATVs and UTVs on city streets?,” Feb. 25, 2021) Recently there was a story about ATVs and UTVs wanting to use the city streets and country roads. There are many reasons why they should not.
Anyone 12 years of age or older can drive these vehicles without a drivers license. At age 12 kids have no driver ed. training and are not mature enough to drive a motor vehicle on the public roadways.
All anyone pays to operate an ATV or UTV is a registration fee to the DNR. They pay nothing to the DMV. They pay nothing for using the roads like people with a car, truck, motorcycle, etc . No drivers should be allowed to use our roads without paying upkeep from their drivers license and license fees.
ATVs and UTVs do not have license plates to identify them. You can’t report them to police without a vehicle number. If a person has a revoked license they can still operate a ATV or UTV because you do not need a drivers license.
These vehicles were not designed and built for public roads. They don’t have safety features or turn signals. These vehicles will be a traffic hazard.
These vehicles would not have liability insurance like a car. I hope the city and townships address these issues before they allow this type of activity on our roads. They should pursue off road trails which they were built for.
— Dale Failor