Petersburg to vote on whether ATVs can use public streets

    Petersburg, Alaska (KINY) A petition drive gathered enough petitions to allow voters to decide whether ATVs can use public streets in Petersburg.

    Resident Richard Burke said it was frustrating to own an all-terrain vehicle and not be able to ride it in town.  He said he paid $7,000 for the ATV.   He decided to do something about it and passed around a petition to neighbors and town residents to have the issue put on the October 3 ballot.

    The voters will decide whether ATVs and other off-road vehicles can be driven on low-speed streets.  There are differences of opinion on the issue.  Some residents are concerned about the safety of those driving ATVs next to vehicles.  Supporters claim it will help alleviate downtown parking concerns and improve the quality of life in Petersburg.

    The referendum does not include allowing snow machines on public streets.


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