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12/25/06-Gilmer

Texas Parks & Wildlife Requires Off Highway Vehicle Decal

There's a new state requirement for East Texas ATV riders. Sales of off road vehicles are booming in East Texas, but if you got one of these vehicles, you have just one week to get an Off Highway Vehicle decal.

Much like a hunting or fishing license, starting January 1st the $8.00sticker is required to use your ATV or dirt bike on public land.  Texas Parks and Wildlife says it will use the money raised from the decals to build public areas for off roaders, like Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area near Gilmer.

"There are more off highway vehicles in Texas than in any state other than California, yet very little safe legal access for recreational trail riders," said Steve Thompson, OHV Program Manager for Texas Parks & Wildlife. The decals are good news for an organization called Texas Motorized Trails Coalition, which fights the outlaw stereotype of off road riders.

"People are there doing it illegally, so let's allow them a place where they can do it legally and responsibly, and teach them how to be good stewards of the land," said Victor Ramirez, Texas Motorized Trails Coalition. Families like the Samples travel to East Texas from Dallas, just to have a safe place to enjoy the sport.

"My family loves it," said Shannon Samples, Dallas Resident. "My daughter was dirty from head to toe last night. She likes to get dirty and have fun and go jeeping."  

"The people that come in, I just cannot say enough about them as far as being polite and just family people that love to get out into the wild and ride their ATV's and jeeps," said Danny Lancaster, Gilmer Lake Ranger.  Texas Parks and Wildlife says, if everyone that owns an off highway vehicle follows the law and purchases a decal, the more safe parks like Barnwell Moutain it can build.

Texas Parks and Wildlife says those caught without an OHV decal could be issued a citation with fines up to $500. A decal bought in Texas is also valid in other states.   You can find more information on the OHV Program by going to our homepage and clicking on the Know More on & link.  There you will find Off Highway Vehicle Program.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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