Motorcyclists concerned about grass clippings in the street

Some motorcyclists in Tippecanoe County are asking the public to be mindful while mowing.

Posted: Aug 22, 2018 5:56 PM
Updated: Aug 22, 2018 6:39 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Some motorcyclists in Tippecanoe County are asking the public to be mindful while mowing.

The request comes after grass caused a crash during a benefit ride.

According to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened when one of the motorcyclists slowed down to avoid hitting a patch of grass in the road.

The rider was rear ended by another member of the group. The injuries weren't serious, but Shawn Reynolds who was on the ride said  had the person hit the grass things would have been much worse.

"It's like being on ice really, you can easily lose control," said Reynolds. 

There is currently nothing stopping people from letting grass clippings get in the street.

However there is an ordinance that deals with garbage. Under the section entitled rubbish, you'll find the word "grass."

Later, the ordinance states "it shall be unlawful for any person to dispose of garbage or rubbish at any place in the county other than its point of origin."

County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh said grass clippings don't necessarily apply.

"It would be so hard to enforce, you know it would be before it was even reported, it would likely be off the road," said Murtaugh. 

"I understand that it's a thing that is going to be difficult for them to enforce, I guess there is ignorance on some part of it but common sense should tell you it's going to be slick," said Reynolds. 

Murtaugh agrees which is why he cautions mowers.

"Just be aware of putting excessive yard trimmings into the highway because it can lead to a dangerous situation."

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