New York Governor George Pataki has signed two new laws affecting powersports enthusiasts. The first raises fines for riding ATVs on posted farmland, the second sets a 55 mph speed limit for snowmobiles on public lands and trails.
The ATV law begins Nov. 1, setting graduated maximum penalties ranging from $250 and 15 days in jail for the first offense to $550 and 90 days in jail for a third offense within 18 months.
The multi-part snowmobile statute begins in February 2006 with a new maximum state 55 mph speed limit (exempt for races and rallies in possession of permits from the state parks commissioner).
Taking effect April 2006, the second part of the measure increases the annual registration fee to $100 for nonmembers of snowmobile clubs, but leaves the current $45 fee for snowmobilers who belong to clubs. Also, the fine for operating an unregistered snowmobile will increase from $100 to $200.
The final provision in the new snowmobile law pertains to safety. It requires snowmobile operators ages 10 to 13 who have a valid safety certificate to be accompanied by someone 18 or older. Currently, young people with a safety certificate may ride alone.
An estimated 300,000 ATVs operate in New York and officials say 170,000 snowmobiles are registered.
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