Opinion

Keep off-road vehicles off the roads

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — All-terrain vehicles promise to be a big part of our region’s tourism future.

The Hatfield McCoy ATV trail system in southern West Virginia attracts thousands of visitors, providing a $22 million annual economic impact for the state. The state continues to look at expanding the trails to other counties and adding a trail system in central West Virginia. Kentucky and Ohio also promote miles of successful trails.

These off-road vehicles provide a unique way to explore the wild and wonderful of Appalachia’s outdoor treasures. But as the popularity of ATVs grows, we need to remember that these vehicles are designed for rugged dirt conditions, not the slick pavement and high-speed conditions of our roads and highways.

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