Puerto Rico bans ATVs on public roads

Publish Date: 
Nov 14, 2013

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – No more riding ATVs on Puerto Rico's public roads. Following a series of incidents including ATV-related fatal crashes, the governor has signed a law that prohibits on-road ATV riding.

The measure, signed by Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla, also gives ATV owners two months to register their vehicles, otherwise they risk losing them and will be required to pay a $500 fine, according to the Montreal Gazette.

ATV riding is popular in Puerto Rico, with drivers often using public streets and private farms on weekends. But complaints of reckless driving led legislators pass the bill to control ATV use.

In September, a 9-year-old was run over and killed by an ATV rider in a San Juan public housing complex. Then in October, two male ATV riders were accused of attempted murder after authorities said they ran over a police officer.

Posted by Holly Wagner