The Aurora City Council, like several others in south-central Utah, has approved an ATV ordinance that designates specific streets on which the vehicles may be used to reach services from the Paiute ATV Trail.

All-terrain vehicles are unlicensed and, therefore, generally illegal to operate on highways and city streets. But officials have approved the ordinances so trail riders can get fuel, food and other supplies.The ordinances have also caused problems in some communities because youngsters exceed the regulations, particularly speed limits and riding on non-designated streets.

Richfield Police Chief Mayo Jacobson said ordinances also allow for residents to travel streets in getting to and from those that are designated for ATV use, noting this creates difficulty in making arrests. A number of teenage ATV riders have been ticketed in Richfield, however.

Designated streets for ATV use under the new Aurora ordinance include 200 East between former U.S. 89 and 200 South; 200 South between 200 East and 150 East; 150 East between 200 South and Center Street; Center Street between 150 and 100 East; 100 East between Center Street and 200 North; and 200 North between 100 East and the city limits west of 500 West.

The ordinance sets maximum ATV speeds at 15 miles per hour. It authorizes use of other streets "in the most direct route" from any residence to the designated streets, and requires ATV operators 18 years of age and older to have a valid Utah driver's license.

Youngsters between 8 and 15 may also ride the machines but must wear helmets, have a safety certificate issued by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, and must be accompanied by an adult.

The ordinance sets a specific fine of $100 for violations.