Lake Arrowhead Community, the York County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine Warden Service, and the Maine State Police have the following expectations in regard to Maine State ATV laws:
- ATVs are not to operate on private property without permission of the landowner.
- ATVs are not to operate on public ways except as provided by law.
- ATVs must stop before entering or crossing a public way.
- ATVs must yield right-of-way to motor vehicles.
- Helmets must be worn by those under the age of 18.
- ATV operators under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult, have completed a ATV safety course, and provide proof of said course upon demand by law enforcement.
- ATV passengers under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.
- ATV exhausts must be effectively muffled and cannot be modified.
- ATVs must be equipped with front and rear lights which are required after dark.
- ATV’S may not be operated on closed trails that are posted as such.
- ATV snorkel kits are illegal in the State of Maine.
- ATVs cannot be operated to endanger.
- ATVs cannot be operated recklessly.
- ATVs are must be operated with reasonable and prudent speed (if on LAC ways THIS MEANS NO MORE THAN 25 MPH).
****This is not a complete list of ATV laws. This list is a simplified version of the more common statutes from M.S.R.A. Title 12. ATV owners and operators are responsible for knowing what the actual statutes are. A link to Maine.gov is provided in the “Links” section of this website which will take you to the ATV section as written by the Maine Legislature.
Last updated: July, 2014. Ride safe.
Submitted for Lake Arrowhead Community by:
Deputy Sheriff Shawn Sanborn
York County Sheriff’s Office
Waterboro Contract Deputy Program