A national consumer group has sent a letter to members of the Salem Town Board arguing against allowing all terrain vehicle use on town roads.
Last month, about 40 residents showed up at a Town Board meeting to support allowing ATV use on town roads. The board was receptive to further consideration, perhaps at the May Committee of the Whole meeting.
The letter from the Consumer Federation of America was dated May 1 and was supplied to westofthei.com by Michael Best, policy advocate for Consumer Federation of America.
“ATVs should not be driven on public roads because driving ATVs on public roads is more dangerous than operating them off-road, ATVs are not designed for roadway use, and ATV manufacturers have policy statements strongly urging consumers not to operate their vehicles on public roads,” Best said in his email message to westofthei.com.
Melva Stockwell, the Salem resident who spoke in favor of establishing an ordinance to allow ATV use on town roads, said she felt it would be better to regulate than to allow ATV use on the roads to continue outside of the law.