Claremont Launches ATV Enforcement Effort

Claremont — Although only one trail is now open for ATV traffic, the police department announced yesterday that it has launched its law and safety enforcement program to make sure riders are obeying the laws.

The program, which is funded through a grant from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, will dispatch specially-trained officers to perform safety checks, enforce speed limits and registration laws and be on watch for other violations of state laws, Police Chief Alex Scott said in statement.

The goal of the enforcement program is to reduce the number of accidents “create an atmosphere that is more attractive to families who wish to utilize recreational trails for hiking, bicycling, or ATV riding,” Scott said.

At present, the only local trail open for ATVs is the Sugar River Trail.

Speed limit along the Sugar River Trail is 25 miles per hour, police noted, and off-highway recreational vehicles cannot emit noise levels exceeding 96 decibels.

Claremont police will be regularly patrolling trails “until late autumn, the announcement said.

— Patrick O’Grady