City Ordinance 1795 makes it legal to operate an All-Terrain Vehicle, also known as an ATV, on the streets of Russell from sunrise to sunset provided the ATV is registered with the City of Russell.
Owners wishing to register their All-Terrain Vehicle, may do so at the Police Department, 339 E. 8th Street.
Owners will need to bring the vehicle title, proof of current insurance and valid driver's license at the time of registration. Once at the Police Department a registration form will need to be completed. The information provided on the registration form will be verified by a police officer. A photograph of the ATV will be taken – this will help in recovery of a stolen ATV. Once the information on the registration form is verified and the registration fee is paid, an ATV license plate will be issued. The ATV license plate has no expiration date. NOTE: A new ATV license plate must be acquired any time an ownership change occurs.
ATV's cannot be driven on any state or federal highway, except to cross – which must be done at a 90-degree angle. US Highway 281, North and South Fossil Street and East US Highway 40 are the streets that ATV's cannot be operated on within the City of Russell.
Eye protection is required for all drivers. Helmets are required for drivers under eighteen years of age
A valid driver's license is required to operate an ATV on the streets of Russell. It should be noted that an alley is classified as a street.
Parents who let their children operate an ATV on private lots should make sure the ATV is not driven down any alley in Russell, if the child does not have a valid drivers license. Parents should also ensure permission is received from the property owner(s) before the ATV is ridden on private property.
ATV's can NOT be operated on city street or private property from sunset to sunrise.
What Ordinances Apply?
Standard Traffic Ordinance 114.1 ---- "Unlawful Operation of an ATV"
(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall be unlawful for any person to operate an all terrain vehicle:
(1) On any interstate highway, federal highway or state highway; or
(2) Within the corporate city limits of a city of the first class
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (s), all-terrain vehicles owned and operated by a county noxious weed department, or all-terrain vehicles owned and operated by persons contracting with a county noxious weed department or the Kansas Department of Transportation may be allowed to operate such all-terrain vehicles upon the right-of-way of any federal highway or state highway for the purpose of eradicating noxious weeds and such all-terrain vehicles may be operated incidentally upon such federal highway or state highway.
(c) No all-terrain vehicle shall be operated on any public highway, street or road between sunset and sunrise unless equipped with lights as required by law for motorcycles.
Lighting Requirements for ATV Operation after Sunset
Standard Traffic Ordinance 184 --"Tail Lamps"
Standard Traffic Ordinance 185 -- "Reflectors"
Standard Traffic Ordinance 186 --"Stop Lamps"
Standard Traffic Ordinance 187 -- "Lighting Equipment"
Standard Traffic Ordinance 192 -- "Drivers License Required"
Standard Traffic Ordinance 193 -- "Driver License in Possession"
These ordinances are not all inclusive, as all traffic laws apply to the operation of ATV's on city streets.