N.M. Stat. Ann. § 66-3-1010.3. Operation and equipment; safety requirements.
A person may not operate an off-highway motor vehicle:
Equipment: Each ATV must have spark arrester approved by the United States forest service. When conditions such as darkness limit visibility to five hundred feet or less, ATVs must have one or more headlights sufficient to light objects at a distance of one hundred fifty feet, and at least one taillight of sufficient intensity to exhibit a red or amber light at a distance of two hundred feet under normal atmospheric conditions. ATVs may not produce noise that exceeds ninety-six decibels.
Age Requirements: A person under the age of eighteen may not operate or be a passenger on an ATV without wearing eye protection and a safety helmet, without a safety permit, or while carrying a passenger. A person under the age of eighteen but at least ten years of age may not operate an off-highway motor vehicle unless the person is visually supervised at all times by a parent, legal guardian or a person over the age of eighteen who has a valid driver's license. This does not apply to a person:
A person under the age of ten may not operate an off-highway motor vehicle unless:
§ 66-3-1011. Operation on streets or highways; prohibited areas.
Off-highway motor vehicles may not be operated on any limited access highway or freeway, or any paved street or highway. Off-highway motor vehicles may cross streets or highways, except limited access highways or freeways. Off-highway motor vehicles may not be operated on state game commission-owned, -controlled or -administered land except as specifically allowed Off-highway motor vehicles may not be operated on land owned, controlled or administered by the state parks division of the energy, minerals and natural resources department, except in areas designated by and permitted by rules adopted by the secretary of energy, minerals and natural resources.
§ 66-3-1012. Driving of off-highway motor vehicles adjacent to highway.
Off-highway motor vehicles issued a validating sticker or nonresident permit may be driven adjacent to a highway under certain conditions. When snow conditions permit, an off-highway motor vehicle may be operated on the right-hand side of a highway, parallel, but not closer than ten feet, to the inside of the plow bank.
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