Ordinance to allow off road vehicles on county roads goes back to drawing board

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LAFAYETTE (WLFI) —An ordinance to allow off road vehicles and golf carts on county roads fails on its first reading during the Tippecanoe County Commissioners’ meeting Monday.  All three commissioners, even Tippecanoe County Commissioner John Knochel who was on the committee to write the ordinance, voted against it during its first reading. One commissioner says he opposes the ordinance because of safety concerns while another says the ordinance was too broad.

Several people came to speak to the commissioners against the ordinance. Including those in favor of loosening restrictions on off road vehicles.

County Highway Department Executive Director Opal Kuhl spoke against the ordinance saying some county roads like the old State Road 25 are not safe for off road vehicles and golf carts.

One member of the public, Dan-Tee Wells said the fines were too restrictive. Wells wanted the commissioners to take more of the public’s input.

Knochel said more input may be welcome as the ordinance goes back to the drawing board.

“We limited the people we had involved because we didn’t want the group to get real large and get carried away with the discussion. Maybe that was my fault in doing that.” Knochel said.

Commissioner Dave Byers will take Knochel’s spot on the committee.

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