Gordon, Nebraska Ordinance SECTION 3-412: ALL-TERRAIN AND UTILITY-TYPE VEHICLES; OPERATION

1. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or utility-type vehicle (UTV) on the city streets or alleys in Gordon until the owner has demonstrated proof of insurance to the Gordon Police Department and obtained an insurance decal for the current year. The Police Department will issue a decal which must be affixed to the vehicle in a conspicuous place. The City will charge a fee of $15.00 for issuance of the permit. 

2. An ATV or UTV may be operated on streets and highways within the corporate limits of the village only if the operator and the vehicle comply with the provisions of this section. 

3. An ATV and UTV may be operated only between the hours of sunrise and sunset and shall not be operated at a speed in excess of 30 miles per hour. When an ATV or UTV is operated as authorized herein, the headlight and taillight of the vehicle shall be on and the vehicle shall be equipped with a bicycle safety flag which extends not less than five feet above ground attached to the rear of such vehicle. The bicycle safety flag shall be triangular in shape with an area of not less than 30 square inches and shall be Day-Glo in color. 

4. Any person operating an ATV or UTV as authorized herein shall:

A. Be 21 years of age and have a valid Class O operator’s license as provided in Neb. Rev. Stat. 604,126. No passengers shall be allowed on any all-terrain vehicles while operated in the City under this section. 

B. Have liability insurance coverage for the ATV or UTV while operating it on a street or highway. The person operating the vehicle shall provide proof of such insurance coverage to any peace officer requesting such proof within five days of such a request. 

5. ATVs and UTVs may be operated without complying with the provisions of this ordinance: (A) on streets and highways in parades which have been authorized by the State of Nebraska or any department, board, commission, or political subdivision of the state and (B) by city employees utilizing such vehicles in their municipal duties and by owner/operators utilizing such vehicles for snow removal from their private property. 

6. An ATV or UTV shall not be operated on any controlled-access highway with more than two marked traffic lanes, and the crossing of any controlled-access highway with more than two marked traffic lanes shall not be permitted. Subsections (2) through (4) and (7) of this section authorize and apply to operation of an ATV or UTV only on a street or highway other than a controlled-access highway with more than two marked traffic lanes. 

7. Subject to subsection (6) of this section, the crossing of U. S. Highway 20 or Nebraska State Highway 27 shall be permitted by an ATV or UTV without complying with subsections (3) and (4) of this section only if: 

A. The crossing is made at an angle of approximately 90 degrees to the direction of the street or highway and at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing; 

B. The vehicle is brought to a complete stop before crossing the shoulder or roadway of the street or highway; 

C. The operator yields the right-of-way to all oncoming traffic that constitutes an immediate potential hazard; 

D. In crossing a divided highway, the crossing is made only at an intersection of such highway with a street; and 

E. Both the headlight and taillight of the vehicle are on when the crossing is made. 

(Neb. Rev. Stat. §60-6,356) (Am. by Ord. No. 1119, 6/11/09; 1132, 12/9/10)

Published: May 3, 2017