Off Highway Vehicle (OHV/ATV) Laws for Salina, Utah

Off Highway Vehicle (OHV/ATV) Laws for Salina, UT:

*Drivers must be at least age 8 to operate an OHV on public lands.

*Drivers under 12 must be under direct visual supervision of someone 18 or older who has a valid drivers license.

*Drivers under 18 must be under direct visual supervision of someone 18 or older who has a valid drivers license OR must have a valid drivers license in their possession.

*Drivers under 15 must have a safety certificate in their possession.

*Drivers 16 or older must have a valid driver’s license or a safety certificate in their possession.

*Drivers may not operate an OHV while carrying anything that would prevent them from keeping both hands on the handlebars.

*Passengers may only ride on a portion of an OHV designed for a passenger, and only as many passengers as the OHV was designed to carry.

*Passenger may not ride in a position that interferes with the driver’s operation or view.

*Drivers must obey posted speed limits and may not exceed 50 mph even if the speed limit would allow.

*Drivers are subject to the vehicle traffic code. Essentially, they have to obey all the other laws as others on the road who are driving around in cars, etc.

*Drivers and passengers under 18 must wear a properly fitted DOT approved helmet.

*OHVs must be equipped with a muffler (that actually does its job).

*OHVs must be equipped with at least one headlight, one taillight, and a brake light.

*West Main Street and all of State Street are State Highways. For this reason they are not open to OHV travel unless the OHV is street legal, displays a license plate showing it is registered as street legal, and is being operated by a driver with a drivers license (not a safety certificate). Otherwise, OHVs are allowed only to cross State Street and West Main Street, but nothing else.

Parents, if you have responsible kids who are going to and from things around town and they are wearing their helmets and driving safely, the Salina Police Department is not interested in bothering them as they travel. If you have more “enthusiastic” kids who like to drive in ways that draw the attention of law enforcement, we will bother them and then we will come and bother you too. This all comes down to respect for other people. As parents, you know which of your kids can go out and be safe and respectful and get around and which ones are going to drive around a bit more…enthusiastically. Keep in mind that many of the laws mentioned above that apply to drivers under 18 years of age also provide for law enforcement to take action against the parents as well. Please be responsible for your kids and lets keep them and everyone else safe as this ATV/OHV season is getting under way, and lets all have fun and enjoy the many benefits of living where we do!

references: Salina City Ordinances 10.12 and Utah State Code 41-22

A Short Video of Salina City receiving the 2017 Preservation Utah Heritage Award winner for its restoration of the CCC/POW Camp

Salina City has been named a 2017 Preservation Utah Heritage Award winner for its restoration of the
Civilian Conservation Corps and Prisoner of War Camp.

The project to restore the camp’s three buildings including commander’s quarters, a bunk house and a motor pool and repair shop was completed in early November 2016.

“We are absolutely thrilled and honored to receive this award,” project coordinator and fundraising director Tami Olsen said, “It will bring wonderful recognition for the community and city of Salina.”

Originally built to house CCC employees, the camp gained notoriety years later during World War II when it was being used to as a POW camp for 250 German prisoners.

On July 8, 1945, two months after the war ended in Europe, Private Clarence Bertucci, a guard stationed at the camp, opened fire with a .30-caliber machine gun on 43 tents where the POWs were sleeping.

In just 15 seconds Bertucci peppered the barracks with 250 rounds because, he later said, he “just didn’t like Germans.” He killed six POWs and injured 23, three of whom later died at Salina’s hospital. Bertucci was later declared insane and sent to a mental hospital.

Last year, a local group restored the buildings from glorified storage sheds into near-original condi􀆟 on. A broad range of individuals and groups helped finance the $103,000 project, including the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area.

The award was presented to Salina Mayor Dustin Deaton on Thursday, April 6, at Preservation Utah’s annual meeting and award ceremony at the Falls Event Center, Trolley Square, Salt Lake City.

The restored CCC/POW camp in Salina, Utah, will now serve as a museum. Salina City has restored this
CCC/POW camp to its former state.

According to Alison Flanders, Preservation Utah public outreach director, recipients of the award are nominated by the public for their efforts in preserving historic structures or furthering the preservation movement in the state.

Nominations are judged by a jury of architects, and preservation and planning professionals from throughout the state.

The restored CCC/POW camp is now being operated as a museum. Beginning April 18, hours will be Tuesday-Friday 4-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Group tours or special arrangements may be made by calling Salina City. The camp also has a Facebook page: CCC & POW Camp Salina, Utah.

Great Utah Shakeout Planned for Thursday April 20th, 2017

Thursday, April 20th at 10:15 am Sevier and Piute County Communities will be testing their ‘shelter in place’ (high/lo alternating tone) and ‘evacuation’ (constant wail) sirens in conjunction with the Great Utah Shake out. Please listen to what the sirens sound like and think/prepare for how you need to react if it was a true emergency

If sirens are activated for a real in-progress emergency, public safety officials ask that you find a reliable source for more information i.e. OFFICIAL PUBLIC SAFETY social media sites, KSVC/KMTI radio, Code Red alerts, etc.

For more preparedness information and training, there will be a FREE Preparedness Conference Saturday, April 22nd 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Snow College Administration Building (see flyer above)


A New Salina Utah Billboard Along I-70

The Salina Area Chamber of Commerce has received approval to begin printing and installation of a new billboard to take place of the “No Bull” billboard just southwest of Salina on I-70. This is a copy of the sign that will appear along the freeway in a few short weeks. We appreciate our local area Chamber of Commerce and all the work they do to make the Salina Area a better place. Trail Country and Sevier County also contributed to this wonderful project.

CCC/POW Museum is in Need of Tour Guide Volunteers

The CCC/POW Museum is looking for volunteers to work from 4-6 pm Tuesday – Friday and then 10 am – 2 pm on Saturdays beginning April 18, 2017. This is a great opportunity to share some of the history of Salina with visitors to our wonderful community.

If you are able to help with any times, even if it is just one day a week or month, please contact Salina City at 435-529-7304. Leave your name and number and someone will return your call.