Discussion Topic: On Colorado’s New Off-Road Rules

_Beginning in July, those caught using motorized vehicles on prohibited, public lands will be handed fines and penalties.

Gov. Bill Ritter on Thursday signed into law a bill to set these penalties, which include fines ranging from $100 to $200, and suspensions of hunting and fishing licenses for violators also engaging in these activities.

This law reverses the long-standing practice of allowing motor vehicle travel except where restricted, and instead adopts a policy to prohibit this kind of travel unless it is explicitly authorized, either by maps, signs or route markers._

As a spokesman for the governor said, "the eyes of the nation will be on Colorado to see how this unfolds."
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