The Sheriff’s Department periodically receives questions about the operation of all-terrain vehicles (four wheelers) and utility vehicles (gators and the like) on roads and highways. There are various laws that deal with their operation which are listed below.
All-terrain and utility vehicles may be operated on any road outside of a city, village, or unincorporated village (unless a city or village ordinance allows) under the following conditions:
- Only between the hours of sunrise and sunset
- The operator must have a valid class O operator’s license or farm permit
- The vehicle must be covered by liability insurance for operating it on a road
- The vehicle cannot travel in excess of 35 mph on a road.
- The vehicle must have headlight and taillight turned on
- The vehicle must have a bicycle safety flag attached to the rear of the vehicle extending five feet above ground.
- These vehicles cannot be operated on a controlled access highway with more than two marked traffic lanes. This includes Highway 81 as it has four marked lanes.
- These types of vehicles can cross Highway 81 at an intersection after stopping and yielding to oncoming traffic with its headlight and taillight on.
(Source Nebraska statute 60-6,356)
Other applicable laws:
|60-6,355||All-terrain vehicle, defined; utility-type vehicle, defined.|
|60-6,356||All-terrain vehicle; utility-type vehicle; operation; restrictions; city or village ordinance; county board resolution.|
|60-6,357||All-terrain vehicle; utility-type vehicle; lights required; when.|
|60-6,358||All-terrain vehicle; utility-type vehicle; equipment required.|
|60-6,359||Modification of all-terrain vehicle or utility-type vehicle; prohibited.|
|60-6,360||All-terrain vehicle; utility-type vehicle; competitive events; exemptions.|
|60-6,361||All-terrain vehicle; utility-type vehicle; accident; report required.|