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According to Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, effective July 1, 2022, 99 Iowa counties will change their laws to place fewer restrictions on drivers of All-Terrain Vehicles (“ATV”) and Utility Terrain Vehicles (“UTV”). The new laws will override any current county ordinances. This article discusses recent changes to ATV/UTV laws in Iowa. More specifically, this article answers the following questions:
- Do ATV/UTVs have to be licensed in Iowa?
- Can I drive an ATV on the road in Iowa?
- Can I get a DUI on an ATV/UTV?
Do ATV/Utvs Have To Be Licensed In Iowa?
To operate an ATV or UTV on Iowa roads, the person must be 18 years old with a valid driver’s license and be carrying valid proof of insurance. ATV/UTVs owners must keep operational the following items on the vehicle:
- brake lights
- rearview mirrors
Can I Drive An ATV On The Road In Iowa?
ATV/UTV drivers will be able to travel on some road's day or night, but there will be a speed limit of 35. There will still be some other restrictions when driving an ATV/UTV on roads, including
- A rider must drive on the most direct and accessible route on a two-lane or county highway to or from an ATV park or trail to the nearest county road, an authorized city street, or one’s residence
- If it is not an Interstate highway, ATV/UTV riders can cross a four-lane highway at an intersection from an authorized road
- A rider of an ATV/UTV is not allowed to drive on any marked gravel or paved roadway under construction, closed, or on a detour for regular vehicle traffic
- ATV/UTVs can be restricted from county roadways during special events for seven consecutive days or 30 days in one year
- ATVs and UTVs may only be operated on state highways and may not travel on four-lane or interstate roads.
- A rider of an ATV/UTV can drive on any county unpaved gravel road
This information is from the Sioux County Sheriffs’ Website.
Iowa’s cities regulate ATV/UTV traffic within their city limits, including primary and secondary road extensions. However, Iowa cities may not charge ATV/UTV owners a fee for using city streets.
Can I get a DUI on an ATV/UTV?
Driving an ATV or UTV while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal.
If you want to know more about your rights as an ATV/UTV owner or if you need counsel for a DUI/OWI offense, please reach out to us. To request a consultation with an O’Flaherty Law Iowa attorney, call our office at (630) 324-6666. You can also fill out our confidential contact form, and we will get back to you shortly.