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House committee erases its proposal to allow ATVs on NC roads

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Remember that goofy proposal from the House Rules Committee to allow North Carolinians to drive all-terrain vehicles -- designed for off-road use, without turn signals or mirrors or brake lights -- on public roads?

Forget it.

This idea was so dangerous that even the folks who manufacture and sell ATVs were against it. After amending Senate Bill 501 July 10 to allow the practice, the House Rules Committee went back Tuesday, July 16, to remove the ill-considered language with a new amendment.

Meanwhile, this latest amendment also adds an entirely new wrinkle to this legislation, which began life as a modest effort to update the state's legal definition of all-terrain vehicles: It creates a new legislative entity called the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on General Government.

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Bruce Siceloff reports on traffic and transportation. A News & Observer reporter, editor and blogger since 1976, he took over the Road Worrier column in 2003. Lately he drives I-40 with the cruise control set at 68 mph. You can e-mail Bruce, call him at 919-829-4527, check out his Crosstown Traffic blog or follow him (@Road_Worrier) on Twitter.