20-171.24.  Motorized all-terrain vehicle use by employees of listed municipalities and counties permitted on certain highways.

(a)        Municipal and county employees may operate motorized all-terrain vehicles, as defined in G.S. 14-159.3(b) and owned or leased by the agency, on: (i) public highways where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less; and (ii) nonfully controlled access highways with higher speeds for the purpose of traveling from a speed zone to an adjacent speed zone where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less.

(b)        This Part and all other State laws governing the operation of all-terrain vehicles apply to the operation of all-terrain vehicles authorized by this section.

(c)        An all-terrain vehicle operated pursuant to this section shall be equipped with operable front and rear lights and a horn.

(d)       A person operating an all-terrain vehicle pursuant to this section shall observe posted speed limits and shall not exceed the manufacturer's recommended speed for the vehicle.

(e)        A person operating an all-terrain vehicle pursuant to this section shall carry an official identification card or badge.

(f)        This section applies to the Towns of Ansonville, Atlantic Beach, Burgaw, Carolina Beach, Cramerton, Dallas, Davidson, Duck, Emerald Isle, Franklin, Indian Beach, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Kure Beach, Lowell, Manteo, Murphy, Nags Head, North Topsail Beach, Oakboro, Ocean Isle Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Stanley, Surf City, Sylva, Topsail Beach, Williamston, and Wrightsville Beach, the Cities of Albemarle, Belmont, Cherryville, Gastonia, Hamlet, Kings Mountain, Mount Holly, and Rockingham and the Counties of Cleveland, Currituck, Gaston, Surry, and Wilkes only.  (2007-433, s. 2; 2008-99, s. 1; 2010-19, s. 1; 2010-46, s. 1.)