OHV enthusiast pleased with new law
By G. Christopher
December 10, 2008 | PROVIDENCE -- Jim Beazer, an Off-Highway
Vehicle hobbyist, said he is pleased with Providence's
new law allowing the operation of OHVs on city streets,
and has not witnessed the new law being abused.
Under Providence's liberalized OHV regulations, a
child who has passed a safety course and has a permit,
and is under direct supervision of an adult, may ride
an OHV on most streets in Providence.
This practice "allows people to recreate with their
kids without getting a trailer," said Beazer, who owns
seven OHVs. "I have not seen any rampant people flying
around on four-wheelers," he added.
According to Beazer, driving OHVs on Providence city
streets is "what we did as kids growing up, although
it was illegal then."
The legalization of OHV operation on city streets
represents a tacit admission by the city council and
mayor that OHVs were being driven within city limits.
"It was being done cautiously and they wanted it to
become legal," Beazer said. "I'm just guessing that."
The ability to drive OHVs directly from home to a
recreation spot such as Providence Canyon saves Beazer
a great deal of time. He said that, depending on how
many individuals were going, the process of loading,
finding parking, and unloading "could easily eat an
OHVs were legalized for use on Providence city streets
in September. The public hearing on the issue was well-attended
by OHV users who vocally supported the new law.
"We have a small town," Beazer said. "It wouldn't
work in Logan."