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Do’s and Don’ts at KY Recreation Areas

 

Some of my memories of our family vacations when I was a kid are with seating areas. Yes, I know, there is nothing exciting in the recreation area. I understand. But you are not me. I LOVE car travel, even places to stay – a necessary part of such activities – an integral part of a good trip.

First, almost every one of them is loaded with more brochures than you can shake a stick at. So, if you’re traveling and know you’ll have extra time, you have a LOT of suggestions on how to fill those gaps.

But be respectful of the roadside recreation area. Toilet breaks and picnic opportunities mean we need them to be at the top of their game. We should be too.

RULES AND REGULATIONS IN KYENTUCKY RECREATION AREAS

First of all, let’s state the obvious… DO NOT DO ANYTHING YOU KNOW IS ILLEGAL. Hopefully something like this doesn’t need to be listed. But there may be questions about the LESS obvious. And we’ll find our answers here as part of 603 KAR 5:040, which governs the use of recreational areas in Kentucky. And here they are all:

SLEEPING IN A CAR IN KENTUCKY RECREATION AREAS

With the word “rest” right in the title, you might think that you can stay up late at night and get a good night’s sleep, but you’re wrong. According to article 1 of the statute:

Use of the Restricted Rest Area located within the restricted access right-of-way must be limited to a maximum of four (4) hours in any twenty-four (24) hours for the same person or group of persons.

In other words, sleep is good; a healthy dose of sleep is not. But there are exceptions that can be granted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, as stated in section 3 of the statute:

The Transport Cabinet may issue a permit for exceeding the limit set by paragraph 1 of Article 1 of this Administrative Regulation on an application showing that such a permit would contribute to the safety of motorists. Persons actually engaged in work at such a restricted facility requiring their presence in such a safe rest area are excluded from the scope of section 1 of this administrative regulation.

PETS IN RECREATION AREAS

Pet owners are already well aware of the rest area rules for their furry pets. Not only are they not allowed in any building in the recreation area, there are always specially designated places for them to walk. This way, pedestrians can avoid being tracked by you-know-what on their floorboards.

CARGO TRAILERS AND MOBILE HOUSES IN KENTUCKY RECREATION AREAS

In other words, don’t disengage. But if you want it spelled out, 603 KAR 5:040 can do it too:

Rest areas should not be used as a relay station or transfer point for trailers in transit. No cargo trailer or motor home should be uncoupled from the power plant in the rest area, except in the event of a fire or explosion.

BUYING AND SELLING IN KENTUCKY RECREATION AREAS

We are all familiar with the “no extortion” signs we see in most companies. The same applies to recreation areas in Kentucky.

Safe Rest Areas shall not be used by any person for the purpose of displaying, selling or offering for sale any merchandise, merchandise, product, service or any other item except as permitted by section 153 of the Ground Transportation Assistance Act 1978.

This is, by the way, HR11733. I read it and I’m not sure I understood it. But here you can google.

SOME INTERESTING STORIES ABOUT INTERSTATE RECREATION AREAS

I’ll leave you with that. This is what I wish I had when I was a kid, but back then there was no internet or computers for that matter. Yep, dark ages.

Bill Marion has a YouTube channel where he posts very informative and very funny videos of his travels with his wife in the USA. He even has about the history of our people’s recreation areas:

Safe travel to all.

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