St. Mary's Co. Off-road Vehicles Prohibited on Streets and Public Property

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Tire tracks at a Spring Ridge Middle School ball field​
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The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office reminds the public that unregistered motorcycles, dirt bikes, golf carts, off-road and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are not permitted on roadways and private property, by the Maryland Transportation Article.

Riding off-road vehicles in residential and prohibited areas puts yourself and others at risk of a collision, which could result in personal injury or death. Wear a helmet and ride in permitted off-road areas.

ATVs may only be operated on private property – and only with the permission of the property owner.

Off-road vehicles, golf carts, and ATVs may not be operated on:

-Public roadways

-Bicycle lanes

-Three Notch Trail


-Power lines or utility right-of-ways

-St. Mary's County parks

Any vehicle that is not registered in the state of Maryland may not be driven on public highways.

Off-road vehicles are for use on private property only, with the permission of the owner/agent. According to Maryland Vehicle Law, they cannot be operated on public sidewalks, public roads, streets or highways.

In addition to any other traffic violations observed, the following is a list of charges that an operator faces if observed operating an off-road vehicle in violation of the law:

13-402 Driving unregistered motor vehicle: $290

16-101a (Driving, Attempting to Drive) motor vehicle on a highway without required license and

authorization: Must Appear Citation and five points assessed on a license

16-101b Operating a (moped, motor scooter) on the highway without required license or permit:

Must Appear Citation and five points ... A "motor assisted" and "motor driven" moped or scooter can be operated on the highway if the operator has a valid license or a moped permit obtained through the MVA

17-107 Driving Uninsured Vehicle: Must Appear Citation and five points

* Golf carts are permitted to be operated on a St. Mary's County highway only in the community of Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls with the following conditions:

(A) A person who operates a golf cart on a county highway in the community of Golden Beach

Patuxent Knolls, St. Mary's County without registration as authorized under 13-402 (C)(13)

of this article:

(1) May Operate the golf cart only:

(I) On a county highway on which the maximum posted speed limit does not exceed

35 miles per hour;

(II) Between dawn and dusk; and

(III) If the golf cart is equipped with lighting devices as required by the administration

(2) Shall keep the golf cart as far to the right of the roadway as feasible; and

(3) Shall possess a valid driver's license

An individual issued a Must Appear Citation will receive a court date in the mail and must see the judge; there is no preset fine.

The Sheriff's Office would like to add the following safety tips when operating off-road vehicles:

1. Ride with a partner or friend.

2. Let someone know where you are riding and when you are expected to return.

3. Familiarize yourself with the motor vehicle you are operating.

4. Operate the vehicle in an ATV park or areas designated for off-road vehicles and ATVs

* An individual driving an off-road vehicle in violation of the Maryland Transportation Article may face the consequence of having the vehicle towed and stored by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.

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I bowl overhand
Jackasses tearing up the softball field will ruin it for everyone else.. NO excuse.

Down hear near everyone rides ATVs on the street, these *******s will get the police down here and start enforcing the laws.


I bowl overhand
But to catch these *******s just wait for them at Rod and Reel.. they're there two or three times a day fueling up.


Well-Known Member
PREMO Member
The popo just trying to scare people. No way they're going to go actively looking for this.


Power with Control
Gotta get mine out for a run today. Would go to Cooks to gas up, but they dont have any...


Power with Control
Cooks doesn't have any gas?

Been out for months. Whomever Sunoco paid to do the rehab on the pumps and tanks screwed it away. Now they have to wait, and such a small station not high on Sunocos let even before oil went negative.


Long Haired Country Boy
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Cooks doesn't have any gas?
I saw a sign posted on their door about kerosene only being available between the hours of 5:00 and 7:00, or something like that, and wondered WTF? It must have something to do with shift overlap or theft.