Lapel plans to regulate off-road vehicles

Ken de la Bastide, The Herald Bulletin, Anderson, Ind.
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Apr. 16—LAPEL — The Lapel Town Council took the first step toward regulating the use of off-road vehicles within town limits.

The council passed the first reading Thursday — by a vote of 4-1 — an ordinance that regulates the use of the vehicles. Councilman Jason Kleinbub cast the dissenting vote.

As proposed, an off-road vehicle is defined as having four or more tires and side-by-side seating. The ordinance prohibits the use of snowmobiles, quads and three-wheeled vehicles on town streets.

The vehicles must be registered and inspected by the Lapel Police Department on an annual basis, with a registration fee of $50.

The ordinance prohibits children under the age of 3 from riding on an off-road vehicle or golf cart, and anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet if riding in an off-road vehicle.

The wearing of seat belts is required.

The vehicles can be used from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., but a headlight is required before sunrise or after sunset.

Council president Chad Blake said off-road vehicles and golf carts cannot exceed 30 miles per hour or the posted speed limit.

The ordinance would also require operators to have a valid Indiana driver's license and insurance on the off-road vehicle.

"The changes we requested have been made," Blake said of the proposed ordinance.

It provides for up to a $250 fine, but Blake said the council will develop a fine schedule in the future.

Fines collected will be deposited into the town's general fund account.

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