Signal from Officer to Stop

A person, after having received a visual or audible signal from a peace officer to come to a stop, shall not operate an ATV in willful or wanton disregard of the signal or interfere with or endanger the officer or any other person's vehicle, or increase speed, or attempt to flee, or elude the officer.

Reporting Accidents

If an ATV is involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to anyone or property damage amounting to $1,000 or more, either the operator or someone acting for the operator shall immediately notify the county sheriff or another law enforcement agency in the state. The operator shall file with the Iowa DNR a report of the accident, within 48 hours, containing such information as the Department may require. Accident report forms can be obtained from county sheriff or department law enforcement personnel.


Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter or any regulation of the Department or Director of the Department of Transportation shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. A person, regardless of age, may be prosecuted for violation of Iowa's ATV laws and regulations.


The owner and operator of an ATV is liable for any injury or damage occasioned by the negligent operation of the ATV.