Letters to the Editor

Off road vehicles pose a danger to Linn County

The Linn County Board of Supervisors is currently holding hearings to consider an ordinance that would allow four-wheeled off-road vehicles (ORVs) on county roads. ORV roadway riding decreases the safety of everyone on the road and increases the risk of death, injury, and accompanying costs. These costs are shared by all county residents. ORV manufacturers oppose these ordinances and classify recreational riding of their vehicles on roadways as a dangerous misuse of their product. The Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Commission (OHVCC), the largest riding club in America, opposes these ordinances because they undermine safety and promote irresponsible use of ORVs. Certified ORV safety trainers teach as one of the primary safety rules, do not ride on the road. ORV injury prevention experts and public safety advocates oppose these ordinances because of the high human and economic costs. The good folks in ORV riding clubs have been pushing for these ordinances because they want more places to ride. Unfortunately, they refuse to believe the scientific evidence and heed the warnings of safety experts. Too many supervisors in other counties have refused to believe the science and the expert warnings as well. If you are a Linn County resident and want to protect the safety of your county roads and help prevent the deaths and injuries that may result following passage of this ordinance, please contact the supervisors by phone or by email and express your opposition as well.

Gerene Denning

Iowa City

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