5/4/05 Draft VI
Service ORV enforcement efforts in a manner similar to that which already supports county sheriff and DNR ORV enforcement efforts.
State park ORV enforcement at Silver Lake and any other Michigan state park designated in part or whole for ORV use should be eligible for state ORV law enforcement grants. Currently Silver Lake State Park is the only state park with some park lands open to ORV use. It is an exceptionally important area for those who have full size ORVs (four wheel drive trucks, dune buggies, jeeps, etc.) as well as being used by ATV and cycle riders. In addition, sales of ORV licenses to Silver Lake users number approximately 20,000 annually. Enforcement is critical in this relatively small ORV area (less than 25% the size of the St. Helen’s Motor Sport Area in Roscommon County on the AuSable State Forest) with some of the highest densities of ORV use in the state. It is appropriate to fund these enforcement efforts through ORV enforcement grant funds. In addition, if any other state park or recreation areas provide ORV use, they should also be available for ORV enforcement grant funding.
Forest officers should be used as ORV enforcement personnel focusing on state forest ORV trailheads with a primary mission of providing safety checks with ORV riders pre and post ride and maintaining law abiding atmosphere at ORV trailheads. Forest officers (a relatively new classification of DNR FMFM employee) are trained and certified to enforce a limited set of state forest rules, including those involving recreation and land use. Their training is the same as state park officers. Key trailhead enforcement activities would be equipment, and safety checks, ORV licensing, ORV youth certification, maintaining accurate on-site information and being a public information source regarding ORV rules and opportunities.
Rationale is that a more coordinated team approach is necessary to provide an effective and visible enforcement presence. No one entity has sufficient personnel or financial resources to do the job alone. However, substantial resources are provided by ORV users through annual licensing and need to be distributed to in a manner that promotes a team approach and most effectively uses each law enforcement resource.
Fiscal implications are that approaches a-e would provide more value for the funds currently allocated to enforcement.
ORV certification requirements for youth riding ORVs (MCL 324.81129) should be enforced statewide once ORV safety education classes are available in the majority of Michigan counties (42 or more).
See ORV safety education for rationale.
Fiscal implications should be minimal as this can be done as part of the suite of laws enforced under ORV patrol.
ORV safety education should follow a model similar to marine safety education, with county sheriffs and other certified instructors providing