Be aware of off-road laws for Riverside County

Off-roading is great fun, but certain rules must be followed. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
For many, living in the country means wide-open spaces, freedom to roam and to pretty much do as you please. It has been a long-standing tradition in many areas to jump on your dirt bike, all-terrain vehicle or other off-road vehicle and go for a ride. But in unincorporated Riverside County, it is important to know the rules regarding off-road play. An off-highway vehicle or OHV, is defined by the county as a motor vehicle designed to travel over any terrain, meaning a machine capable of cross-country travel “without benefit of a road or trail on natural terrain.” It includes motorcycles, quads, ATVs, side-by-sides, Razrs, buggies and three-wheelers, plus four-wheeled vehicles, Jeeps, trucks, SUVs, etc. OHVs must be registered, either as street legal with license plate and registrat
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