Q: Can people be ticketed for riding their lawn mowers down the streets with no license plates, turn indicators or brake lights and probably no insurance, going so slow they impede traffic? This cannot be safe for anyone.
First and foremost: riding lawn mowers are not considered a street legal mode of transportation.
With that said, Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said riding a lawn mower down a residential street likely wouldn't result in a ticket, although he emphasized that it happens seldom enough that there's no standard way of reprimanding offenders.
"If someone is going from one yard to another, or using the road for a very short section in order to get from one location to an adjacent location, I don't think anybody's going to say anything about that," Zimmel said.
Anecdotally, he said, pulling over a driver who was illegally operating a riding lawn mower on a roadway would likely not result in a citation. Rather, Zimmel said, the officer likely would aim to educate the driver.
It probably would be a case of "stopping the person and saying, 'look, this isn't a street legal vehicle,'" Zimmel said. "'You don't have protection. You don't have the necessary equipment, you probably don't have insurance and most of all, it's unsafe. So it's designed for use on turf for purposes of cutting grass. So let's keep it there.'"
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