ATVs & RUVs: Applications & Uses

Both of the vehicles are pretty easy to learn, handle and enjoy. Pricing is not exorbitant and, like all vehicles, ATVs and RUVs can be bought on government contract so you / your agency may be able to ride on a state or county purchase contract in your...


After lunch I got to enjoy an ATV and as I rode it I also contemplated potential applications. Obviously it could also be used anywhere the RUV could. However, for wilderness patrols where the terrain is less certain or in instances where law enforcement professionals have to figure out where they're going along the way and therefore can't anticipate the terrain, the ATVs would be a better choice. One thought was enforcement agents searching out covert drug fields, meth labs or stills. In areas where the climate can dump snow measured in feet instead of inches the ATVs would also be excellent for response and / or rescue work.

Both of the vehicles are pretty easy to learn, handle and enjoy. I don't remember ever having been on an ATV before, and I'm sure I've never been in an RUV. While I have previously ridden dirt bikes, the experience only translates in using your legs to absorb shock. (I kept trying to turn the throttle on the ATV only to have to remind myself that the handle didn't turn; I had to push that lever with my thumb). Pricing is not exorbitant and, like all vehicles, ATVs and RUVs can be bought on government contract so you / your agency may be able to ride on a state or county purchase contract in your area.

Plenty of accessories are available for both vehicles. A quick look at them leads me to believe that the RUVs are probably more readily / easily accessorized for law enforcement appearance and identification. I'll address that in a future article.

Stay safe!

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