Why Michigan Has ORV Laws
Minimum ages for ORV operation are the result of an extensive review by the Michigan Legislature. The hearing process caused everyone to focus on the alarming statistics regarding young riders. As accident data shows, the consequences of a few daring moments on an ORV can be devastating.
- Preserving and enhancing public safety in the field of outdoor recreation are of paramount importance.
- Recognizing that there are potential safety hazards in off-road vehicle riding, the Michigan Legislature has enacted regulations that directly affect:
- Safety education for those under 16 years of age
- Safety equipment that is required of all ORV operators and passengers
- Strict controls on the use and possession of alcohol while operating ORVs
- Unlawful operation on roads open to regular vehicle traffic
- Responsibilities come with the ownership and operation of an ORV. Adults bear the burdens of passing on responsible conservation and outdoor ethics to young operators under their supervision and setting the example for all other ORV enthusiasts.
- It is important to consider the potential impact of ORVs on Michigan’s fragile environment, and to operate ORVs in a manner that minimizes conflicts with others who are enjoying the fields and forests of the state.
Michigan’s Conservation Officers
Michigan’s conservation officers play an important role in ensuring that ORV recreational opportunities are available for safe and responsible users. They accomplish this through aggressive enforcement and a continued willingness to respond to public concerns. They are an important bridge between ORV users and the non-riding public. Use them and assist them to ensure the future of ORV recreation.