Questions Posted to "Ask a Dispatcher"
Q. What are the laws regarding kids under 16 riding dirt bikes, 4-wheelers and snow machines on neighborhood city streets?
Dear Juneau Resident,
The situation you describe is illegal. The question is, which law to use to address the situation? There is reckless endangerment (depending on the driving) driving an unregistered vehicle on a public roadway, and more.
The state’s administrative code gives some pretty good sections for officers to use.
13 AAC 02.455. Operation on highways and other locations
(a) A snowmobile or an off-highway vehicle may be driven on a roadway or shoulder of a highway only under the following circumstances: Almost never.
If you look up the law, there is a long, detailed list involving bridge crossings, roads closed by snow, roads opened up for off-road vehicle use by authorities, etc...pretty much nothing that applies to day to day living in Juneau.
Cutting to the root of the matter, most teenagers are not going to pass up the chance to take a turn around the neighborhood on a fast, loud, attention-getting something. The person who needs to resist the temptation of allowing the activity is the parent. State law says parents shall resist giving young people cool, annoying to the neighborhood, toys and turning them loose. 13AAC 02.430 says parents/guardians cannot allow kids to violate 13AAC 02.455.