Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Uh Oh

One of my savvy readers pointed out the video I found on Youtube and posted of the motor bike ride on the Mule Jail Trail may be in violation of Rule 1.4 and 5.7 of Part 203 of the PRVWSD's Rules and Regulations. I'm sure the fine folks at the PRVWSD would want this pointed out so that my readers don't get the idea we condone activity in violation of said rules and regulations.

Rule 1.4 of Part 203 states, in pertinent part:

(b) It shall be unlawful within the Reservoir Project Area to operate any vehicle:

      (i) Below or down stream of the toe drain below the main dam of the Reservoir in Madison or Hinds County; 

      (ii) Over or across any portion of any dike, levee, groin, jetty or mole appurtenant to the waters of the Ross Barnett Reservoir or any marina or harbor adjacent thereto, other than along an approved public or private roadway along the top of such dike, levee, groin, jetty, mole or other appurtenant facilities; 

     (iii) On, over or across any District road that is conspicuously marked "No Vehicles Beyond This Point" at each point of ingress thereto from a public roadway; 

     (iv) Within, on, over or across any portion of the Reservoir Project Area which is not paved, graveled or otherwise hard surfaced. Dirt roads are not considered "hard surfaced" for purposes of this regulation. 

Rule 5.7 of Part 203 states:

      (a) All other vehicles, including but not limited to, trucks, jeeps, automobiles, vans, buses, dirt bikes or motorcycles shall be restricted to roads and areas marked as “open to vehicles”. 

I don't believe Rule 5.7 was in force and effect at the time of the video; however, Rule 1.4 was.  In subsection (d) of Rule 1.4, "All-Terrain Vehicle" and "Vehicle" are defined as follows: "The term 'all terrain vehicle' as used in this regulation shall mean a motorized, self propelled vehicle designed to travel over unimproved terrain on two or more tires which vehicle is not qualified as suitable for on-road use pursuant to the Mississippi Uniform Highway Traffic Regulation Law--Equipment and Identification Regulations or by the Inspection Regulations as published from time to time by the Mississippi Highway Patrol. The term 'vehicle' as used in this regulation shall mean without limitation every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported upon a street or highway, except nonmotorized devices designed to be moved solely by human power, and shall include without limitation, automobiles, trucks, jeeps, motorcycles, all terrain vehicles (ATV), off road vehicles, motor bikes, buses, vans, dirt bikes, and three-wheelers."

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

C'mon. The video was basically donated for the benefit of the community to highlight a beautiful natural activity in Rankin County and Hinds County (?). Too many laws driving too many worry worts.

Anonymous said...

Agreed.
I will say this about Rez Police--they haven't gone overboard with the police state tactics that so many other agencies across the nation have. They seem to be quite fair and reasonable--,most of the time. Let's hope it stays that way.

Anonymous said...

We need more places around the Rez where it is legal to enjoy a good ride on a dirt bike! Why do the hunters get the market on land use?

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I wasn't WALKING on MJT that day! Keep motorized vehicles off the trails.

Anonymous said...

Someone will always be there to kill the fun. Geez....these guys weren't hurting anything or anyone...(unwad panties please)

Anonymous said...

@8:20 Glad you weren't WALKING on it when a Mountain Biker came busting through it either. In fact, the world is a dangerous place and you might need to stay inside where it's safe... :)

Anonymous said...

Do you mean the Reservoir Patrol that lobbied legislation and then spent tens of thousands of our hard-earned salaries only to become the Reservoir Police?……"They seem to be quite fair and reasonable--" wow ! You've got to be living with your head in a hole...they are the most power hungry, territorial bunch of badge-wearing criminals around. They will threaten and intimidate women, fabricate broken laws and steal your personal property, all to get a tick by their name for an arrest.

You should be questioning why the even exist. They are another example of state waste and need to be abolished. LEGISLATORS ARE YOU LISTENING?