Four Wheeler Debate - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Four Wheeler Debate

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Albany teen seriously injured by hit & run driver

    Albany teen seriously injured by hit & run driver

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:02 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:02:54 GMT
    Albany Police searching for hit and run driver.More >>
    Albany Police searching for hit and run driver.More >>
  • Albany teen seriously injured by hit & run driver

    Albany teen seriously injured by hit & run driver

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:00:52 GMT
    Albany Police searching for hit and run driver.More >>
    Albany Police searching for hit and run driver.More >>
  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>

(Atlanta-AP) --

A simmering debate over all-terrain vehicles in the north Georgia forests has returned to the Legislature, with the House expected to vote in coming weeks on whether four-wheelers should be allowed on dirt roads in protected lands.

The off-road issue has left lawmakers inundated with emotional pleas from both sides -- A-T-V enthusiasts who want more freedom and environmentalists who fear A-T-V's are ruining plant species and creek beds in areas intended for protection.

Tempers flare quickly on both sides. Mike Thomas is a retiree in Blue Ridge who lobbies for A-T-V's in his spare time. He says -- quote -- "I've been up here all my life.

We've been using our A-T-V's for 20 or more years on forest roads. ... This is discrimination."

At the center of the debate are license plates. For years, some county tag offices would sell plates to A-T-V owners. That practice stopped in 2000, when state officials directed the counties to stop issuing tags because small A-T-V's aren't legal on roads.

The U-S Forest Service requires vehicles to be licensed on their roads, so Georgia          A-T-V's haven't been allowed on Service-owned roads for three years.

Forest officials provide 130 miles of trails for A-T-V use in Georgia -- but the other 16-hundred miles of Forest Service roads are off-limits.