Casperson introduces resolution to recognize ORV riders

Sen. Tom Casperson

Sen. Tom Casperson

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, has introduced Senate Resolution 172 recognizing June 9, 2018 as ORV Rider Recognition Day.

The resolution recognizes the many off-road vehicle (ORV) riders who explore Michigan’s 4,000 miles of designated trails each year. Over 230,000 riders are licensed to use these trails and many come from out of state to enjoy Michigan’s ORV riding opportunities.

ORV Rider Recognition Day will call attention to safe riding practices and encourage riders to adopt a “Tread Lightly!” attitude toward the trails and environment. The day will also celebrate the economic benefits of this activity and honor the many hours of volunteer work that go into maintaining our trail systems.

“Trail riding with an ORV is a cherished pastime for the folks in Northern Michigan,” Casperson said. “It’s a great way to tour the backwoods or just to take in the sights. If you’ve never tried it, there’s no better time to get out on the trails.”

The resolution will coincide with Michigan’s ORV Free Riding Weekend, June 9-10, when ORV motorists can use designated trails statewide for free.

“Stay safe and enjoy the Free Riding Weekend,” Casperson said.