Carson City Dirt bike riders reminded of laws

Published Caption: John Flaherty/Special to The R-C

Published Caption: John Flaherty/Special to The R-C

With warm weather upon us, dirt bike enthusiasts will take to the surrounding hills in droves. But the Carson City Sheriff's Department wants to remind riders that there are laws governing noise and how close you can be to homes.

"With miles of undeveloped terrain in our backyard, it is no surprise that dirt biking is one of the most popular pastimes in our area. Along with the increased activity comes increased call responses for the Sheriffs Office," said Lt. Jeff Melvin in a news release.

Under Carson City Municipal Code, it is unlawful for a person to drive a dirtbike that is not equipped with a working muffler within 500 feet of an occupied residence.

Melvin warns that city code also states it is "unlawful for any person to drive any motorcycle so as to disturb the peace and quiet of any neighborhood."

"Also keep in mind that 500 feet is not a real long distance, and it is always neighborly to be considerate of others, so don't ride too close to houses or businesses," he said.

If an offender is a juvenile, the parents could be held criminally responsible for the poor behavior, said Melvin.

"We get a lot of calls for accidents and overdue riders, but our top call is for dirt bikes too close to homes," said Melvin.

ON THE NET

Carson City Municipal Codes can be searched online at http://www.municode.com/Resources/OnlineLibrary.asp

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