Laws & Safety

                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
SAFETY COORDINATOR FOR FRANKLIN/SOMERSET COUNTY REGION IS:
Rick Rogers, 1433 Reeds Mill Rd, Phillips, Maine 04966 PH# (207)639-5421

If you are unable to find a safety course in your area you can contact Rick for info.

                 SAFETY TIPS : TEN COMMANDMENTS OF ATV SAFETY

  1. Wear protective devices and clothing. Never ride double.
  2. Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  3. Do not drink alcoholic beverages or use other drugs while riding.
  4. Always practice care for the environment.
  5. Know the machine before operating.
  6. Take a safety course before first time operation.
  7. Always directly supervise younger riders.
  8. Always be courteous to others.
  9. Ask permission before riding on another's land.
  10. Obey the laws and rules.

    SIZE OF MACHINE RECOMMENDATIONS BY AGE;

    • Under 70cc 6 years and older
    • 70cc-90cc 12years and older
    • Over 90cc 16 years and older
    Maine ATV Laws

    SOME IMPORTANT LAWS FOR ATV RIDERS

    • AGE RELATED LAWS
      • PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR IS REQUIRED FOR ALL RIDERS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD.
      • ANY RIDER UNDER 16 YEARS OLD MUST HAVE A CERTIFICATE OF TRAINING.
      • ANY PASSENGER UNDER 18 YEARS OLD MUST WEAR PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR.
        IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR ANY CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 10 TO OPERATE AN ATV (UNLESS IT IS ON THE LAND OWNED BY THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF THE OPERATOR).
  1. GENERAL LAWS
    • OPERATING AN ATV AT GREATER THAN REASONABLE SPEED FOR EXISTING CONDITIONS.
    • OPERATING AN ATV UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL. OVER 21=0.08% UNDER 21=0%
    • MAINE LITTER LAWS APPLY WHEN RIDING ATVs. WHAT YOU PACK IN, PACK OUT.

    SOURCE OF THESE LAWS: ALL- TERRAIN VEHICLE LAWS and TIPS FOR THE ATV RIDER.
    FOR A COMPLETE COPY CONTACT:
    MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE
    284 STATE STREET, STATION #41
    AUGUSTA, ME 04333-0041

    Land Owner Relations

    Check out the new Landowner Relations website

    www.maine.gov/lor/accessing_land.htm

     Landowner Liability Law Brochure

    www.maine.gov/lor/brochures/LandownerLiability_2008.pdf  

    For More Information about the Landowner Relations Program 

    Bob Duplessie, Director
    Recreational Access & Landowner Relations
    18 Elkins Lane # 22 SHS
    Augusta, ME. 04333-0022

    207.287.8091 office

    Email Bob Duplessie, Director
    www.maine.gov/lor

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