Posted at: 06/19/2013 12:45 PM
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - All 83 Michigan counties could choose to allow off-road recreation vehicles on road shoulders under legislation nearing final approval in Lansing.
Current law lets eight counties in the Lower Peninsula and every county in Upper Peninsula authorize off-road vehicles on road shoulders.
A bill approved 27-11 along party lines Wednesday in the Republican-led Senate could allow the vehicles on more roads if municipalities pass an ordinance. Another bill would let local governments ask the state Department of Transportation for permission to allow off-road vehicles on highway shoulders.
Republicans say the legislation would boost tourism and complain that the state's off-road vehicle trail system is fragmented and riders should have more freedom to travel limited distances. Democrats have safety concerns.
The bills are expected to reach Gov. Rick Snyder soon.
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