Many Columbia County roads will soon be open to ATV/UTV traffic, pending signage.
All operators and passengers of all ATVs/UTVs shall comply with all federal, state, and local ordinances, laws, orders, regulations, restrictions and rules.
Helmets: All individuals under the age of 18, either operating or riding on an ATV/UTV, must wear a helmet.
Operator Requirements: No person who is at least 12 years old and who is born on or after January 1, 1988, may operate an ATV unless holding a valid WDNR safety certificate or a valid certificate from another state or Canada, shall carry the certificate while operating, and shall present the certificate to a law enforcement officer upon request.
No person who in under 16 years of age may operate an UTV on a roadway.
Proof of Registration
ATVs/UTVs shall have their Wisconsin DNR registration number clearly visible and in legible letter from the rear of the vehicle. A copy of the current, valid registration certificate shall be present on the vehicle and shall be presented to law enforcement when requested.
Speed Limits: Where speeds are not posted, ATVs/UTVs shall not operate at a speed greater than 35 miles per hour.
When within 100 feet of a pedestrian or within 150 feet of a home. ATVs/UTVs shall not operate at a speed greater than 10 MPH.
Hours: Shall not be operated on any County Highway between the hours of 10:00pm and 5:00am.
Lights: Shall not operate on any County Highway without fully functional headlights, taillights, and brake lights.
Operations: Shall operate on the far-right side of the paved surface. Shall only operate on the paved portion of the County Road Right of Way; unless yielding the right of way or lane if pavement does not exist.
Multiple ATV/UTV shall operate single file, providing sufficient distance between vehicles.
ATVs/UTVs may not harass or restrict travel for frightened or distressed animals used in transportation within the roadway.
Seatbelts: All occupants riding in or operating a UTV shall be required to wear a seatbelt when traveling on any County Highway in Columbia County.
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