Street ATVs considered in Oklahoma
A legislative committee is studying the possibility of making it legal to drive four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles and side-by-side utility vehicles on state and county roads.
"Fuel prices and convenience are the driving forces" behind the idea, said Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs. "Two-wheeled motorcycles are legal, so why not four-wheeled motorcycles? That is essentially what we are talking about here. These vehicles can easily be made safe for the road and would save citizens a tremendous amount of money at the gas pump."
Interim studies on the proposals are being conducted by Dorman and Rep. Wallace Collins, D-Norman.
Four-wheeled ATVs, commonly referred to as "four-wheelers" or "quads," are defined by the American National Standards Institute as a vehicle that travels on low pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator and uses handlebars for steering control.
UTVs combine a truck-style utility bed with a side-by-side seating arrangement and a steering wheel on a four-wheeled chassis.
Under current state law, neither type of vehicle is allowed on public roads or within municipal city limits.
Dorman said ATVs and UTVs could easily be converted to conform to state safety requirements, including adding mirrors, headlights and brake lights, turn signals, license plates and highway-rated tires.