OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE (OHV) SAFETY
- Drive with
- Stay to the
right side of roads and trails.
- Approach hills
and curves with caution. Assume there are vehicles ahead.
- Go with a
friend. Two heads and two vehicles are better than one.
- Always tell a responsible
person where you are going (in detail) and when you will return. Ask the
person to notify the Sheriff Department if you do not return.
- Allow extra room
and stopping distance when approaching other vehicles, especially younger riders
who may be less experienced.
- ALWAYS wear
appropriate safety equipment.
LAWS FOR THE OHV OPERATOR
- In order to
operate ANY type of motorized vehicle off-road on public land, you must
have one of the following:
- A green or
red sticker issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
non-resident OHV permit.
- A street
legal license plate for four-wheel drive vehicles and dual-sport
- You may not
drive an OHV in a manner that endangers the safety of other persons or
their property. No OHV shall exceed 15 mph within 50 feet of any
campground, concentration of people or animals.
motorcycles must be equipped with a U.S. Forest Service approved and
working spark arrester and muffler. The OHV must also comply with the
state's noise regulation. CVC 38370.
- OHVs operated
between sunset and sunrise must have at least one headlight that allows
the operator to see for 200 feet and one red taillight visible for 200
- Paved roads
may be crossed at right angles to the direction of the highway.
- It is illegal
to possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage while riding or
operating an off-highway vehicle.
- For further
information on a complete listing of OHV LAWS, see Division 16.5 of
California Vehicle Code or visit the OHV web site: www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.