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When violators are pretty obvious…

Sen. Lee Heinrich, R-Cascade, center, proposed legislation Tuesday to make it an infraction to drive a car or truck down a groomed snowmobile trail, which he said currently isn't illegal. Sen. Joyce Broadsword, joined in the Senate Transportation Committee's unanimous vote to introduce the bill, as did Sen. Jim Hammond, left. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
Sen. Lee Heinrich, R-Cascade, center, proposed legislation Tuesday to make it an infraction to drive a car or truck down a groomed snowmobile trail, which he said currently isn't illegal. Sen. Joyce Broadsword, joined in the Senate Transportation Committee's unanimous vote to introduce the bill, as did Sen. Jim Hammond, left. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Sen. Lee Heinrich, R-Cascade, said at one time he drove a groomer on snowmobile trails, and "I encountered motor vehicles trying to drive up groomed snowmobile trails." That's not a violation of the law now, he said, and counties can't cite folks for doing it. So he proposed legislation today to make it an infraction. When Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, asked him how he'd enforce it, Heinrich said, "Generally, people that do violate this end up having to be towed out." Amid laughter, he added, "It's pretty easy to have a sheriff's deputy there when a perpetrator is found." The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to introduce Heinrich's bill, which would return to the panel for a full hearing.




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