Many people who drive an all terrain vehicle (ATV) find it to be a fun, exhilarating experience. However, like any motorized vehicle, Ohio law places limitations on where a person may drive an ATV, and in the case of ATVs, the state restricts their use more than other vehicles since they are not suited for driving on many roads. Taking an ATV into a forbidden location could cause an accident that inflicts serious injury.
According to Ohio law, if you own an ATV, you can ride it on your own property if you wish, but you cannot ride it on the property of somebody else unless you acquire permission from the owner or the person who possesses the property. The law also forbids ATV owners from riding their vehicles on state land unless there is a sign posted on the land that allows such riding to take place.
Some ATV owners are also hunters. They may want to take their vehicles out to hunting grounds so they can ride them to pursue and hunt down animals. State law, however, does not permit this. You cannot use your ATV to chase down an animal or use it for the purposes of capturing or killing any kind of animal or wildfowl. ATV riders should also steer clear of railroad tracks, since state law forbids ATV use there as well.
Ohio law also prohibits ATV riders from taking their vehicles onto state highways. If you drive an ordinary automobile like a car or a motorcycle, you should not expect to see an ATV riding alongside you on a freeway, a limited access highway, or a right of way thereof. However, the law does make exceptions for emergency situations.
ATVs need certain equipment in order to make them suitable for riding. They should have a muffler that can limit the emission of fumes and minimizing the engine noise. ATVs should also have brakes, a headlight, and a rear light capable of alerting others during times of darkness. ATVs, like any motorized vehicle, can get into accidents, which makes following state laws important to minimize the possibility of a collision occurring.