Puerto Rico Bans ATVs From Public Roads

November 2013 Powersport News Associated Press

San Juan, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico's governor has signed a law that prohibits the use of all-terrain vehicles on public roads following a series of incidents including fatal crashes.

The measure signed by Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla also gives ATV owners two months to register their vehicles or risk losing them and paying a $500 fine.

ATV riding is popular in Puerto Rico, with drivers often using public streets and private farms on weekends. But complaints of reckless driving led legislators pass the bill to control ATV use.

In September, a 9-year-old was run over and killed by an ATV in a San Juan public housing complex. Then in October, two men were accused of attempted murder after authorities said they ran over a police officer.

Garcia signed the bills on Monday.

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