ATV highway bill advances in Tennessee Senate


HUNSTVILLE (WATE) – A bill that would allow ATV’s to go from dirt roads to state roads in certain areas advanced out of the Senate Transportation Committee.

If the ATV Highway Bill, sponsored by State Senator Ken Year passes, ATV’s would be able to ride on on State Route 63 between U.S. Highway 27 and Annadell Road in Scott County, from dawn to dusk, two weekends a year.

A local governing body would be allowed to choose the weekends and riders would be required to wear a helmet.

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Year said the bill is aimed at promoting tourism in locations where ATV riding is a big industry.

Rick Moffitt, who has been driving ATV’s for fifteen years, said he thinks the bill will boost local business.

“You can get out and go with them,” said Moffitt. “I don’t think they’d be as dangerous as a vehicle in the snow.”

Cara Thompson can’t wait until ATV’s fill State Route 63.

“It’ll bring industry and it will bring tourists, It will bring attraction to the county.” said Thompson. “I just think it’s going to be a win-win.”

Thompson and her husband have owned Thompson’s Cycle’s , which sells four-wheelers, for over 45 years.

“They can at least go get some food, and they can go to the dollar stores and they can get gasoline for their ATV’s. This is the only access to restaurants from here.”

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