Off-road rules meeting tonight

The state parks department plans a meeting in Medford tonight to talk about proposed rules for Oregon's off-road enthusiasts.

It's set from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Central Library, 205 S. Central Ave.

Off-road vehicle drivers will see a mandatory safety-training certification course phased in over the next six years, and only certified adults will be able to supervise young riders under new draft rules meant to improve Oregon's off-road safety record.

Rules requiring that riders of off-road motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles must mount only machines built to their body sizes also highlight a package of proposed rules being floated statewide by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The draft rules, for which the department is now taking public comment, are the agency's attempt to implement new safety rules approved by the Oregon Legislature last year that would take effect in 2009.

Read recent Mail Tribune story about the issue:
http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080721/NEWS/80721032
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More about the rules is available at www.rideatvoregon.org.

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