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Off-Road Vehicle Unit (ORV)
OFF-ROAD VEHICLE UNIT (ORV)
Sgt. John McMillan
Cpl. Rick Pitt
Deputy Ryan Haring - (509) 237-2803
Deputy Kyle Tucker - (509) 750-5783
Access to the dunes is
now possible from the west end. The
Yellow Zone is closed, and reopens each
year on July
Grant County Sheriff’s Office is proud to provide
public safety services to our off-road recreation
communities. The ORV Unit currently consists of two full-time commissioned
deputies who works with a number of community groups
to ensure safe off-road recreation. The ORV Deputy
travels the state educating users of the Sand Dunes
and other areas as to the laws and safety equipment
required in off-road activities. Memorial Day
weekend is an example of one of the more active
weekends and assistance from other agencies and
deputies makes this a success, drastically reducing
the number of accidents and calls for service.
Grant County 4WD & ORV Communities:
Areas, Conditions, and Laws
Under Which You Are Allowed To Ride:
Vacant Lots: Find out who
owns the land and ask for their permission to ride on
the land. If you don't, you are guilty of trespassing (going
onto someone's property without their permission). Just
because there's not a fence around it doesn't mean you
have the right to ride there. The biggest complaint
about ORV's running near houses is the NOISE and DUST.
The noise bothers everyone. Don't ride near houses.
Clean air regulations govern the amount of dust that can
be created. Violations of clean air regulations can
carry stiff fines.
Washington State DNR, WDFW and some
Private Land: (Department of Natural Resources
Department of Fish and Wildlife) - ORV's are permitted
on marked DNR and WDFW roads and trails. View the law as it
Chapter 46.09 RCW - Off-road and non-highway vehicles
Any person can operate any ORV on DNR and WDFW roads and motorized trails with the following:
Current License Plate or ORV Tag
A working muffling system (emitting
no more than 105 decibels at 20") with a "USFS
Approved Spark Arrester" that is stamped into the
metal on motorcycle mufflers and is clearly visible
Head-light(s) and tail-light(s) are
required during the hours of darkness
Brakes and Brake-light(s).
RCW.46.09.460 specifies that no child
under 16 years of age may operate and ORV without
adult supervision and the adult must possess a valid
license to operate a motor vehicle.
Helmet use. Except for an off-road vehicle equipped
with seat belts and roll bars or an enclosed
passenger compartment, it is a traffic infraction
for any person to operate or ride an off-road
vehicle on a nonhighway road without wearing upon
his or her head a motorcycle helmet fastened
securely while in motion. For purposes of this
section, "motorcycle helmet" has the same meaning as
provided in RCW 46.37.530.
Areas, Conditions, and Laws Under
Which You Are NOT
Allowed To Ride:
Roadways: Only licensed street vehicles may ride on, cross or
ride the shoulders/ditches of roadways.
Canals: Riding along canals is prohibited.
These roads are for maintenance and canal operations. If
you are on them, you are guilty of trespassing.