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First encounter with the police today.

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by hghgrad, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. hghgrad

    hghgrad Member
    from MI
    Messages: 69

    Got pulled over on the quad on the way back around the block from plowing a friends drive. The guy across the way flagged the cop down as he was pulling into the neighborhood. Complained that I was pushing snow into the street. I was, but cleaned it up almost immediately.

    The officer was pretty cool about it. First thing he said to me was that I can't be driving on the street, but didn't push the issue at all. I told him that if he drove by the house and saw anything wrong, I'd be happy to clean it up immediately. He never came back by, so it appears that I really didn't do anything wrong...just a crappy neighbor with a stick up his butt.

    Probably didn't hurt that I had my 5 year old daughter on the quad with me ;)
  2. harlee79

    harlee79 Junior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 19

    you need a new neighbor, what a jerk. Yesterday had a cop drive by and give the thumbs up as I was clearing infront of some mailboxes so the mailman could get up there. I also clear a sheriff's drive and he says its against the law to have them on the road, but most cops have better things to do, its not like your joyriding.
  3. atv4wheeler

    atv4wheeler Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    We have had many, many problems with people pushing show into the road and leaving it in my town. Cops are ticketing people when they catch them left and right. And these are commercial guys doing it who should know better! Tip on driving your ATV to job sites: put one of the slow moving vehicle emblems on the back like on a tractor. The triangular shaped signs you'll see on farm implements. Technically where I live it is legal if you live on a registered farm and can show it is a farm tool. Most cops around me have zero common sense and don't live in the real world, and when you have a-hole neighbors like the one that complained about you, it only worsens the problem.
  4. noooooo

    noooooo Member
    Messages: 61

    Sounds like he only talked to you to pacify the neighbor.
  5. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    Yesterday just before sunrise I was out on my route and saw a guy pushing snow across a state road with an ATV. He had quite a lot of snow left in the road off his plow. After I passed by , the next car I met was a cop headed that way. I watched in my mirror to see if the cop stopped to talk to the ATV operator when the ATV crossed the road right out in front of the cop. I saw the cops brake lights but by then I was too far away to see if the cop talked to him.
  6. speedy

    speedy Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    So really, what's the diference between a quad with a plow, or a Bombardier sidewalk machine? If it's purpose at the time is snow clearing, not recreation, it should be OK.
  7. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    At that point it's almost being used as a tractor. I like the slow moving vehicle sign idea as long as you are working, not having fun when the cop sees you.
  8. Sal_Moides

    Sal_Moides Junior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 21

    how about a bunch of strobes/flashers, possibly mounted to a helmet. That way they'll know you aren't't joy riding.:laughing:
  9. atv4wheeler

    atv4wheeler Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Unfortunately if the cop wants to be a jerk and have a power trip there is always something he can do to ruin your day. One of my closest friends is a MA state trooper, and he is one of the best guys in terms of interpreting the law with common sense. He is in the minority and knows it, but because he has only been on the force for a couple of years he can't influence the others. In the past five years three cops have lost their jobs due to unprofessional conduct. First crashed their cruiser into a tree while drunk, second was a cop involved with child pornography, and third was a cop who tasered another cop in anger at a role call meeting. Bottom line is cover your butt with every precaution you can including lights, signs, conduct, etc. Every state, town, and cop is different with little uniformity. If something happens fight it and use all the smart precautions you took as a defense and the odds should be in your favor.
  10. hghgrad

    hghgrad Member
    from MI
    Messages: 69

    I'm guessing that my conduct and general demeanor is probably what sealed my ultimate victory.

    I'm a 30 year old guy, and the drive that I was doing was for a friend who is pregnant with twins right now. She also has 2 small children already. I don't charge her, nor do I charge for any of the drives I do around here.

    I'm not going to stop, but I guess I'll have to be a little more cautious from now on.
  11. FCS Services

    FCS Services Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Here we can drive them around here anytime we like as long were now disturbing others (noise):redbounce Thumbs Up
  12. gravelyguy

    gravelyguy Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 92

    I got pulled over the other day on my JD gator with plow. It was around midnight in the middle of blizzard like conditions and the F**ker pulled me over. We were the only two cars on the road anywhere in the area. He almost got his car stuck when he pulled over on the shoulder behind me.

    I had my seatbelt on, warning light going, and a slow moving vehicle triangle. He was a cocky jerk and told me that he was doing me a favor by letting me off without tickets and towing.

    Monday we have 1-3" on the way I will be back on the road:nod:
  13. hondarecon4435

    hondarecon4435 Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    i rode mine down the road the other day it was after the storm roads were clear and all. i passed a cop gave him a wave and he gave me a nod back never hit the brakes or anything. i was wearing a helmet and obeing traffic laws.

    i have a high respect for law enforcement but any cop that would pull an atv over in a snow storm as long as your not being wreckless needs to find something better to do.
  14. apik1

    apik1 Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    I have had one run in with a cop while plowing, he stopped me with his lights and all to ask " you plowed all that snow with that atv" I said"yes", the he told me he was going to buy a plow for his atv.
  15. plowin-fire

    plowin-fire Senior Member
    Messages: 220

    For us in South Dakota, you can license an ATV as a motorcycle and drive them where ever you want. have a bunch of guys in town that plow with ATVs and no one has had a problem yet.
  16. glngib

    glngib Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    Locally, here, well, across the river in Illinios, a cop tried to stop an atv riding on the road. The cop had stopped to let his dog out to take a whiz. Atv was reckless or intoxicated? Not sure, but anyway the atv hit the dog some how and caused injuries to it. Now the person is in trouble big time. Wonders if the dog had reflective gear on? It was at night when it happened.

    Here, we are suppose to buy a city or county permit for $15. I got the run around on who to actually get one from. Then, you need to display the slow moving vehicle triangle have a flag and lights and helmet on and drive slow.

    I cruised the neighborhood with mine with my plow on. Saw a couple of others do the same.
  17. Jacobsmovinsnow

    Jacobsmovinsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    If the cops have your number you can be sure to get hassled. It got out of hand here with me until I talked to a officer on staff and the harrassment stopped.
  18. hghgrad

    hghgrad Member
    from MI
    Messages: 69

    I went back to the site yesterday and did some clean up work. I wasn't there long, but I didn't see any cops. Hopefully it was a one time thing.
  19. techteacher

    techteacher Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I haven't been messed with and the other day our road was to icy to get home on the cops had it blocked but they let me unload my atv and drive it down the road to the house. That is in the country and it is a little different around here. The road crews use them around here on highway 70 to trim around guard rails in the summer so I don't see how it can be illegal if used for work.
  20. WayneSnow

    WayneSnow Senior Member
    Messages: 130