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Polaris recreational off-highway vehicles riding on a highway in Gorham, N.H.

In recent years, Polaris Industries, the leading producer of off-road vehicles, has recalled hundreds of thousands of its trail machines due to a fire danger. The hazard is linked to at least three deaths and three dozen injuries ranging from minor scrapes to limbs burned so badly amputation was required. Read more»

An off-highway vehicle travels in a closed area of the Tonto National Forest. A bill authored by Sen. Chester Crandell, R-Heber, would change a state law that requires Arizona Game and Fish Department officers to enforce off-highway vehicle laws in closed areas of national forests.

Under a state law that took effect in 2009, an Arizona Game and Fish Department officer enforcing hunting laws on federal land is supposed to stop someone from riding an off-highway vehicle in an area closed to OHV use. Read more»

In this April 2008 photo, an off-highway vehicle rides on an illegal trail in the Tonto National Forest near Mesa. A state official says a spike in fatal OHV accidents in 2011 reinforces the importance of riders taking safety classes.

A sharp increase in fatal off-highway vehicle accidents has a state official urging riders to take hands-on safety courses. Arizona had 29 OHV-riding fatalities in 2011, up from eight in 2010; OHV accidents also resulted in 1,611 emergency room visits and 409 hospitalizations in 2011. Read more»

An order from the U.S. Department of the Interior allows the Bureau of Land Management to review lands within the Ironwood Forest National Monument northwest of Tucson for possible protection as wilderness areas.

An order from U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar makes it easier to deem lands near Tucson as wilderness areas, which could make it easier to restrict motorized access and new mining claims. Read more»

Leonard (left) and Bobbi Driscoll say they refuse to purchase the mandated OHV decals because they don’t believe that revenue from the sales benefits those who use Arizona’s OHV trails.

Owners of off-highway vehicles aren't purchasing the $25 tags required to ride on state land. Leonard Driscoll said he won't purchase a sticker because he doesn't like how state agencies use the money and doesn't feel obligated to fund programs that he says don't benefit riders. (with video) Read more»