2017 Arkansas Code
Title 27 - Transportation
Subtitle 2 - Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing
Chapter 21 - All-Terrain Vehicles
§ 27-21-106. Operation on public streets and highways unlawful -- Exceptions

Universal Citation: AR Code § 27-21-106 (2017)
  • (a) It is unlawful for a person to operate an all-terrain vehicle on a public street or highway of this state, even if the all-terrain vehicle otherwise meets the equipment standards of § 27-20-104, except under the following conditions and circumstances:
    • (1) A person may operate an all-terrain vehicle on a public street or highway if the all-terrain vehicle is:
      • (A) Used in farming or hunting operations; and
      • (B) Operated on a public street or highway in order to get from one field to another;
    • (2) (A) An all-terrain vehicle may be operated on a public street or highway if:
      • (i) The all-terrain vehicle needs to make a direct crossing of the street or highway to get from one area to another; and
      • (ii) The all-terrain vehicle:
        • (a) Comes to a complete stop before making the direct crossing;
        • (b) Yields the right-of-way to all oncoming traffic that constitutes an immediate hazard; and
        • (c) Crosses the street or highway at an angle of approximately ninety degrees (90 degrees) to the direction of the street or highway.
          • (B)
            • (i) An all-terrain vehicle may cross a divided highway only at an intersection of the highway with another public street or highway.
            • (ii) In crossings made between the hours from one-half (1/2) hour after sunset to one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise or in conditions of reduced visibility, the crossing may be made only with both front and rear lights turned on;
    • (3) (A) A person who has lost one (1) or both legs above the ankle or who otherwise has a serious walking disability is permitted to operate a three-wheeled, four-wheeled, or six-wheeled all-terrain vehicle as a means of transportation on any of the following:
      • (i) A nonhard-surfaced road;
      • (ii) The shoulder of a state or federal highway, except as provided under subdivision (a)(3)(E) of this section; or
      • (iii) A public street or road when traveling on the public street or road is the most reasonable route of access available to him or her from one off-road trail to another off-road trail or from his or her private property to an off-road trail.
        • (B) An all-terrain vehicle used as provided under subdivision (a)(3)(A) of this section by a person who has a serious walking disability shall be equipped with a red flag at least six inches (6") wide and twelve inches (12") long on a pole or staff extending at least thirty-six inches (36") above the level of the seat.
        • (C) For the purposes of this subdivision (a)(3), "serious walking disability" means any walking disability certified as serious by a licensed physician.
        • (D) A person operating an all-terrain vehicle as provided under subdivision (a)(3)(A) of this section shall carry on his or her person or on the all-terrain vehicle the physician's certificate certifying that the person has a serious walking disability.
        • (E) A person operating an all-terrain vehicle as provided under subdivision (a)(3)(A) of this section shall not operate the all-terrain vehicle on any part of the interstate highway system or on a fully controlled access highway;
    • (4)
      • (A) An on-duty law enforcement officer or a person performing an official law enforcement function may operate an all-terrain vehicle on a public street or highway.
      • (B) A municipal on-duty firefighter or a person performing an official firefighting function may operate an all-terrain vehicle on a public street or highway.
      • (C) An on-duty emergency medical technician or a person performing an official emergency medical technician function may operate an all-terrain vehicle on a public street or highway; and
    • (5) An employee of a utility, telecommunications, or cable company working during a time of emergency or severe weather may operate an all-terrain vehicle on a public street or highway.
  • (b) When two (2) or more all-terrain vehicles are operating together on a public street or highway as permitted under this chapter, each all-terrain vehicle shall operate in single file except while overtaking another all-terrain vehicle. The operator of an all-terrain vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass at a safe distance to the left until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle. This subsection shall not prohibit an operator of an all-terrain vehicle from overtaking and passing upon the right another vehicle that is making or about to make a left turn if the overtaking and passing is accomplished in accordance with Arkansas law.
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