By Glenn Collins
Friday, September 10, 2010 | 5:09 PM
|Haleyville Police Chief Kyle Reogas (left) and Sergeant Dennis Bayles (right) investigate the accident scene on HWY195 across from Lakeland Community Hospital Friday afternoon.|
Joe Walker, 48, of Haleyville, was seriously injured Friday when the 3-wheeled ATV he was operating left HWY 195 near Lane Hill Road and ejected him into a traffic sign. Walker was transported to LCH and subsequently flown to UAB.
This accident highlights illegal vehicles on roads. “We usually see an increase of ATV use on roadways in the Summer,” Haleyville Police Chief Kyle Reogas said , “but use has continued.” Reogas said that ATV use on roads is illegal, disturbs neighborhoods and is dangerous for both the operator and other drivers.
“Most drivers are ejected when an ATV crashes, as we saw today,” Reogas said. He added that most drivers are accustomed to looking for other autos, not ATV's or other smaller vehicles.
Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri said, “These ATV's are dangerous, dangerous for the driver, and also dangerous to other drivers on the road.” As for ATV's on city streets, “One is too many,” Sunseri said.
“Some people believe they have a right to drive these ATV's on the street,” Sunseri added, “But they have no right to the road.”
ATV's are not registrable in the State of Alabama and, therefore, driving them on public roads and streets violates Alabama Code 32-6-51 and can result in fines up to $500 and SUSPENSION OF DRIVER'S LICENSE for no less than 60 days and up to six months.