North Vernon considering UTV ordinance

The North Vernon City Council is considering an ordinance relating to UTVs and off-road vehicles on city streets. Council members say they recognize the increased popularity of these vehicles and want to make sure they can be safely enjoyed by everyone who is legally allowed to do so.

During Monday night’s first reading of the ordinance, council went over specific policies for drivers. Operators must have a valid drivers license and proof of financial responsibility in order to legally operate within city limits.

Council has also restricted the use of these vehicles on certain streets. These vehicles are to stay off of U.S. 50, State Road 3 and State Road 7, except to cross them at a 90-degree angle. Council members are considering adding additional restrictions ahead of the second reading of the ordinance, set for May 29th.