THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Sheriff Urges County Not To Open All Roads To ATVs, UTVs
Issue Date: October 18, 2017
Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve on Tuesday, Oct. issued a statement opposing the Marinette County Highway Committee's recommendation that all county trunk highways in Marinette County be opened to ATV and UTV use. That recommendation, made by a 3 to 2 vote on Wednesday, Oct.11 will apparently be considered by Marinette county Board at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
In a letter addressed to the County Board, Sauve wrote:
"I write today to explain why, in the interest of public safety and highway safety, I urge you to vote "NO" on the Highway Committee's 3-2 vote to open all county trunk highways to ATV and UTV use.
"The Sheriff's Office has worked diligently in the past several years to reduce serious personal injury accidents and fatalities. We have been successful. In my opinion, the action of the Highway Committee is a dangerous step in the wrong direction in our highway safety efforts.
"As you are aware, Marinette County is a very large county with vast differences in the traffic flow, drive-way density, etc. To open ALL county trunk highways is poor public policy and a recipe for tragedy, multitude of complaints, and enforcement concerns.
"Imagine County Trunk Highway BB/Shore Drive with all of the residences. Or other highways like "A", "W", "O" highway speed traffic with campers, boats, logging trucks, with hills and curves and sharp drop-offs in steep ditches with rocks and trees. Enter ATVs/UTVs in this mix and I believe it is only a matter of time before tragic consequences will occur.
"I am willing to work with individuals requests to open short sections of county trunk highways after being allowed to take a subjective look at each with our Highway Safety Coordinator who chairs the State required local Traffic Safety Commission," he offered, and concluded, "The County Administrator and I though we were moving in a logical direction, to establish a procedure as in Oconto County's Procedure: The single most important route consideration is safety.
"Board members, as your Sheriff, I appeal to you in the interest of safety and vote "NO" on the Highway Committee's action of Oct. 11, 2017."