UTV's, The Law & The SNIRT Run

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Utility task vehicles are handy on the farm.

But if they weigh over 1,000 pounds - and most of them do - they cannot be registered in New York state. 

That makes them illegal at the annual SNIRT Run in Lewis County.

But more and more of them have been showing up.

"You know what they tell me? 'I paid $14,000 for this machine and I'm gonna bring it,'" said Gary Stinson, SNIRT Run organizer.

The SNIRT Run has been drawing more than 3,000 machines to Barnes Corners and Lyons Falls. 

The 600 to 700 UTV drivers last year were not ticketed, but that's no guarantee for this year.

"They know what New York state V & T (vehicle and traffic) laws are and should you bring a vehicle that's not registerable, you're taking a chance," said Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli.

This week, the sheriff, the SNIRT organizer and state officials had a meeting.

UTV's were a topic, but nobody is saying if any ground rules were set.

So, when the SNIRT Run kicks off in Lyons Falls on Saturday, will UTV drivers get a ticket?"

"I have a feeling if you're up there and you're on a UTV and you're being reckless, then you'll get a ticket, which you should," said Stinson.

"You're taking a chance," said Carpinelli. 

So, you can read between the lines, or wait until Saturday to find out.

Friday, November 28, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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