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New ATV Law Will Assist Law Enforcement, First Responders and Public Employees

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblyman and Deputy Speaker John S. Wisniewski (D–Middlesex) concerning the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATV) by certain public employees has been signed into law by Governor Christie. The bill, A4191, provides a limited exemption to the state prohibition on the use of ATVs on public roads by anyone other than agents or employees of the state.

“”The state’s widespread prohibition on the use of ATVs on public roads has hindered law enforcement, first responders, emergency response personnel and others from effectively and efficiently carrying our their responsibilities,” said Wisniewski. “With the Governor signing my bill into law, these men and women will now be able to better serve the public.”

Wisniewski introduced the bill earlier this year in response to concerns over the ability of law enforcement, first responders, emergency response personnel and others to access difficult terrain in the course of their work under existing state restrictions. These concerns generated bipartisan support for the bill, which was signed into law by Governor Christie on August 9, 2013.

“This new law represents simple, common sense,” said Wisniewski after the bill was signed. “By providing this flexibility to the men and women who serve the public on the local level, we will improve public safety for all.” [TLS]


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