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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  • by atv rider Location: oklahoma on Nov 3, 2008 at 06:21 PM
    i think that atvs should be allowed on public and county roads because it will save on gas, miles on your vehicle, the cost of repairs from dirt roads like tires suspension and all those rattles your vehicle gets from them. tires for my truck are around $900 dollars for the set and a atv is around $250 for a set. about the people getting killed on crotch rockets and atvs, it all depends on if you act stupid on them and if the other driver is paying attention and sees you. People can be killed in any situation, you could be driving any type of motor vehicle, accidents happen rather its your fault or the other person its going to happen, No matter how cautious you are. For the oklahoma highway patrol, you need to worry about more important things on the our highways, and i dont mean stupid seatbelt tickets. if a person dont want to wear the seatbelt then thats their own risk. motorcycles and atvs dont have seatbelts so dont get any dumb ideas.
  • by Ryan Location: Blackwell,Ok on Oct 18, 2008 at 04:13 PM
    I think that they should be street legal and can really help save on gas for people who work on some farms
  • by CONCERNED Location: OKLA. on Oct 13, 2008 at 07:46 AM
    TO ANONYMOUS I HOPE YOU NEVER HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT MY FAMILY DID. YOU THINK TEXANS ARE SO MUCH SMARTER THAN OKLAHOMANS. WELL LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING I AM A OKLAHOMA HIGHWAY PATROL AND I RESENT THE WAY YOU WANT TO TALK TO ME SLOWLY. COME THROUGH OUR STATE THE WAY YOU TALK AND SEE IF MAYBE I'M THE LUCKY PERSON THAT WILL CATCH YOU. THEN WE WILL SEE HOW FAST YOU CAN TALK!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2008 at 07:12 PM
    Concerned Location Oklal, well, I know you are from Oklahoma so I will try to tell this to you slowly, I was talking about everyday, you don't hear people getting killed everyday from golf carts, now you do by ATV's and cars, you really need to WAKE UP!! and think before you type or I am sorry I forgot again you are from Oklahoma
  • by Annoymous Location: A on Oct 9, 2008 at 06:18 PM
    It is not like they are going to let five year olds drive these vehicles on the roads. You will have to have a tag, insurance, and a driver license.
  • by Concerned Location: Oklal on Oct 9, 2008 at 10:49 AM
    This is to anonymous, yes people do get killed on golf carts. My grandson was killed in 2005 while watching his grandfather playing golf with friends. A elder man ran into the cart my angel was in and it killed him instantly.So don't sit there and make comments about something you know nothing about. Anything that runs on 2 or 4 wheels is dangerous. It's not what it is it's who is behind thte wheel.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2008 at 10:24 AM
    anonymous at 9:02 if you don't know what you are talking about then stay out of the conversion, I was talking about Golf Carts and ATV not cars
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Oct 9, 2008 at 09:31 AM
    This is great! I smell dumb people (riding ATV's on the street.) Since I believe Oklahoma has a point system for a drivers licenses, how many points will it be for every one we hit?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2008 at 07:20 AM
    Hey Anonymous at 6:01 PM how many times have you heard of someone getting injured or killed from riding in a vehicle, WAKE UP!!! and guess what they're still legal. If they pass this it will be very strict and you cant just ride any atv on the road, it will have to be street legal and pass all the requirments set. If someone is dumb enough to act like an idiot near cars and trucks and get killed, well good for them it's called natural selection. Honestly I think we have more than enough morons to go around.
  • by me Location: country on Oct 9, 2008 at 06:10 AM
    i hope it does pass cause i can finally ride from pasture to pasture checking my cows without having to worry about the cops seeing me and giving me a ticket.
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