Street-legal ATVs considered in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A legislative committee is studying the possibility of making it legal to drive four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles and side-by-side utility vehicles on state and county roads.

Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs says fuel prices and convenience are the driving forces behind the idea. Dorman says two-wheeled motorcycles are legal, so why not four-wheeled motorcycles?

He says the vehicles can easily be made safe for the road and would save citizens a tremendous amount of money at the gas pump.

Interim studies on the proposals are being conducted by Dorman and Rep. Wallace Collins of Norman.

UTVs combine a truck-style utility bed with a side-by-side seating arrangement and a steering wheel on a four-wheeled chassis.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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