IMPORTANT 2021/2022 SEASONAL NOTE!
With the seasonal cessation of the OHV pilot program on September 30, 2021, OHV's are no longer allowed on any portion of Hwy 149, which includes Hwy 149/Gunnison Ave within Lake City's town limits. OHV’s are still allowed to operate on town and county roads and allowed to cross Hwy 149 from side streets. As always, all other regulations noted below still apply.
The Pilot Program will run seasonally in 2021, 2022, and 2023, from the Friday before Memorial Day through September 30 of each year.
ORDINANCE NO. 1, Series 2018
AMENDED ORDINANCE REGULATING THE USE OF OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES ON PUBLIC ROADS IN UNINCORPORATED HINSDALE COUNTY, COLORADO
WHEREAS, pursuant to § 33-14.5-110, C.R.S., the Board of County Commissioners of Hinsdale County, Colorado (“Board”) has the authority to regulate the operation of off-highway vehicles (“OHVs”) on public lands, waters, and property under its jurisdiction and on streets and highways within its boundaries; and
WHEREAS, on May 31, 2017, the Board adopted Ordinance No. 1, Series 2017, “Amended Ordinance Regulating the Use of Off-Highway Vehicles On County Roads In Hinsdale County, Colorado” (“2017 OHV Ordinance”) that served to repeal and replace Ordinance No. 2, Series 2016, “Amended Ordinance Providing For and Regulating the Operation of Off Highway Vehicles on County Roads in Hinsdale County, Colorado”; and
WHEREAS, this Amended Ordinance Regulating the Use of Off-Highway Vehicles on Public Roads in Unincorporated Hinsdale County, Colorado shall repeal and replace the 2017 OHV Ordinance; and
WHEREAS, the adoption of this Ordinance is in the best interests of the health, safety and welfare of Hinsdale County, Colorado.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HINSDALE COUNTY, COLORADO, THAT ORDINANCE NO. 1 SERIES 2017 IS HEREBY REPEALED AND REPLACED BY THIS ORDINANCE NO. 1, SERIES 2018 AS FOLLOWS:
1. The term “off-highway vehicle” (“OHV”) shall be defined as follows (see, § 33-14.5-101(3), C.R.S.): any self-propelled vehicle which is designed to travel on wheels or tracks in contact with the ground, which is designed primarily for use off of the public highways, and which is generally and commonly used to transport persons for recreational purposes. “Off-highway vehicle” does not include the following: vehicles designed and used primarily for travel on, over, or in the water; snowmobiles; military vehicles; golf carts; vehicles designed and used to carry disabled persons; vehicles designed and used specifically for agricultural, logging, or mining purposes; and vehicles registered pursuant to article 3 of title 42, C.R.S.
2. All public roads in unincorporated Hinsdale County subject to the jurisdiction of the Board of County Commissioners of Hinsdale County shall be open to travel by OHVs and subject to this Ordinance.
3. No off-highway vehicle shall be operated at any time, unless the operator of the off-highway vehicle has in his or her possession a valid motor vehicle driver’s license or operator’s license.
4. No off-highway vehicle shall be operated at any time, unless the operator of the off-highway vehicle is insured to the minimum level required by the State of Colorado for automobiles.
5. Seat belt use is required if seatbelts are incorporated into the OHV by the OHV manufacturer. In the event an OHV is manufactured to incorporate child car seats, child car seats and restraints shall be used in accordance with laws for motor vehicles under Colorado law.
6. Eye protection is required of all OHV operators and passengers.
7. OHVs shall contain no more occupants than for which the OHV was designed and manufactured, but excepting therefrom any OHV that has a roll over protection device that was designed and incorporated into the OHV to safely allow for more occupants than which the OHV was designed.
8. Helmets are required for OHV operators and passengers under the age of 18, unless a passenger is properly contained in a child seat or restraint appropriate to the child’s age. This child helmet exception is applicable only to OHVs designed and manufactured to support a child seat.
9. OHV operators and passengers are subject to all traffic laws applicable to motor vehicles, including but not limited to, any state, federal, or county law applicable to motor vehicle operation. In the event of any conflict between said laws and this OHV Ordinance, the provisions of this OHV Ordinance shall control.
10. This Ordinance shall be enforced by any law enforcement officer or peace officer, including the person designated by the Board as the County Off-Highway Vehicle Enforcement Officer, if any.
11. It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly allow, authorize, suffer or permit an OHV owned or belonging to him or her or under his or her possession or authority, to be operated by any person who is under the age of 16 and is in violation of Section 3 of this Ordinance.
12. Subject to Section 13 below, any person who violates any provision of this Ordinance shall be guilty of a class 2 petty offense, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for each separate violation.
13. The penalty assessment procedure provided in § 16-2-201, C.R.S. shall be followed for any violation of this Ordinance. The arresting officer may either give the offender a penalty assessment notice and release him or her upon its terms or take him or her before a judge of the Hinsdale County Court. The choice of procedures shall be based upon circumstances which reasonably persuade the officer that the alleged offender is likely or unlikely to comply with the terms of the penalty assessment notice, as well as the circumstances that warranted the stop and penalty assessment. The penalty assessment notice shall be a summons and complaint containing (i) identification of the alleged offender by name, address and social security number, (ii) specification of the offense with which the offender is charged, and (iii) the applicable fine that may be paid to the Hinsdale County Treasurer in person or by mail within twenty (20) days of the date of issuance of the penalty assessment or else appear to answer the charge before the Hinsdale County Court on the date of its next regular session. Any person who chooses to acknowledge his or her guilt and is not otherwise required to appear in Hinsdale County Court may, within twenty (20) days of the date of issuance of the penalty assessment, pay the stated fine to the Hinsdale County Treasurer, either in person or by mail, based on the following fine schedule:
a. 1 – 10 miles per hour (“mph”) over the speed limit shall warrant a fine of $50;
b. 11 – 20 mph over the speed limit shall warrant a fine of $100;
c. 21 – 30 mph over the speed limit shall warrant a fine of $200;
d. operating an OHV without proof of insurance shall warrant a fine of $150;
e. operating an OHV without a valid driver’s license shall warrant a fine of $150; and
f. all other violations not specified hereby shall warrant a fine of $75.
In the event a penalty assessment is issued for driving 31 mph or more over the speed limit, the offender shall be issued a summons to appear in Hinsdale County Court and shall be subject to a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $1,000, as determined by the County Court judge. Any uncontested payment that is provided to the Hinsdale County Treasurer shall be accompanied by a copy of the penalty assessment signed by said offender acknowledging his or her guilt. Payment of the fine shall relieve the person receiving the penalty assessment of any further obligation to appear in the Hinsdale County Court to answer the offense charged in the penalty assessment, unless otherwise provided by this Ordinance.
14. In addition to any other fine in which a convicted offender may be required to pay pursuant to this Ordinance, the following applies: pursuant to § 18-1.3-603, C.R.S., in the event a violation of this Ordinance causes damage to a county road or other county property, the violator shall pay Hinsdale County restitution to fix the damage caused by the violation, as determined by the County Court judge.
INTRODUCED, READ AND ORDERED PUBLISHED IN FULL in the Lake City Silver World on the ______ day of ______________, 2018.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF HINSDALE COUNTY, COLORADO
Susan Thompson, Board Chair
Joan Roberts, Clerk
TOWN OF LAKE CITY, COLORADO
ORDINANCE NO. 2017-02
AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LAKE CITY, COLORADO, AMENDING SECTION 14.4-3 OF THE LAKE CITY MUNICIPAL CODE BY ESTABLISHING MINIMUM SAFETY EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS WHILE OPERATING AN OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE WITHIN THE TOWN OF LAKE CITY.
WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of the Town of Lake City desires to add requirements for certain safety equipment when operating an off-highway vehicle on any public road within Town of Lake City limits;
NOW THEREFORE, be it ordained by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Lake City, Colorado, as follows:
Section 14.4-3 to the Lake City Municipal Code is hereby amended by the addition of the following subsection c, d, e, and f, as follows.
c. Safety Belts, as defined by C.R.S. 42-4-436(1)(a.8)(b), as amended, are
required if Safety Belts are installed on an off-highway vehicle. In the event an off-highway vehicle installs an attachment mechanism that would support a Child Restraint System as defined by C.R.S. 42-4-436(1)(a.5), as amended, the use of the Child Restraint System is required.
d. Eye protection, in the form of goggles or eye glasses with lenses made of safety glass or plastic, is required for all off-highway operators and passengers, except if a person is wearing a helmet containing eye protection made of safety glass or plastic or the off-highway vehicle has a windshield installed.
e. Off-highway vehicles shall contain no more occupants than the
number of occupants that the off-highway vehicle was designed to
carry, except when an off-highway vehicle has a roll protection device that is designed to safely allow more occupants.
f. Helmet use, as defined in C.R.S. 42-4-1502, as amended, is required
for off-highway vehicle operators and passengers under the age of eighteen (18) years old, unless a passenger is properly contained in a Child Restraint System and the off-highway vehicle is designed to support a Child Restraint System.
This ordinance shall become effective on the thirty-first day following publication, pursuant to colo. rev. stat. § 31-16-105.
The repeal and amendment of various provisions of the Town of Lake City Municipal Code Colorado by this ordinance shall not affect any offense or act committed, any penalty incurred, any contract, right, or duty established or accruing before the effective date of this ordinance.
If any provision of this ordinance or the application of it to any person or circumstance is held invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this ordinance that can be given effect without the invalid provisions or applications. The provisions of this ordinance are expressly declared to be severable.
INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Lake City, Colorado, this 5th day of April, 2017.
TOWN OF LAKE CITY, COLORADO
Bruce Vierheller, Mayor
I, Jamie L. Turrentine, certify and attest that Ordinance 2017-02 was introduced and adopted by the Board of Trustees for the Town of Lake City at the regular meeting on the 5th day of April, 2017.
Jamie L. Turrentine, CMC