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Chapmanville council discusses ATVs

Debbie RolenStaff Writer

July 12, 2012

CHAPMANVILLE — Riders of all terrain vehicles (ATVs) need to keep them off the streets in Chapmanville. During the July 9 council meeting, Council Member Estel Murray began a discussion about enforcing the ordinance banning ATVs on the town’s streets.


“I think the people in Chapmanville do not know that there is an ATV ordinance that says there are no ATVs at all allowed anywhere, on any streets in the town of Chapmanville— nowhere,” said Murray


Chapmanville Police Chief George Spangler said he had a copy of the ordinance.


“We have been enforcing the law, but it is hard to do. We will continue to do our best,” said Spangler.


Murray said he had watched two news segments about ATVs in the past month where he heard 55 children under the age of 16 were killed and 4,000 went to emergency rooms. He said very small children were riding ATVs completely without, or with inadequate, safety equipment.


Efforts will be made to make people aware of the ordinance and ATV safety via the town website and having something published in the Logan Banner. ATV safety information and requirements are also available at atvsafety.gov.


Other business discussed included enforcing “no turn on red” at the crosswalk the State of West Virginia implemented recently. Spangler said several warning citations have been issued.


“We are trying to give people time to become accustomed to not being able to turn right on red,” said Spangler.


The goal of having a crosswalk and no turn on red is to save lives and prevent injury. The state is planning another crosswalk and “no turn on red” at the intersection by Aracoma Drug.


The council voted unanimously to appoint Jeremy Farley to fill the late Paul Christian’s seat on the council. Farley will be sworn in at the next monthly meeting scheduled for August 13 at 7 p.m.