Rewriting a Short Rule: Step by Step
by John Strylowski
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Step 3 - Replace passive voice with active voice, add pronouns, simplify language
- In § 7.526(b), one long sentence is split into three shorter sentences
- In § 7.526(c), eliminating lots of excess words makes the sentences shorter and easier to read
§ 7.525 Where can I drive on the beach?
You must follow
operation of a motor vehicle on oversand routes is subject to
all applicable provisions of this chapter, including part 4 as
well as the specific provisions of this section.
(a)On the beach, you must
a vehicle operator willdrive in a corridor extending from a point 10 feet seaward of the spring high tide drift line to the berm crest. Delineator posts mark the landward side of the corridor in critical areas.
An operatormay drive below the berm crest only to pass a temporary cut in the beach. You must but willregain the crest immediately followingafter you pass the cut.
(c) On an inland oversand route, you must
a vehicle operator willdrive only in a lane designated by pairs of delineator posts showing the sides of the route.
(d) You must not drive on an oversand route
is closed at any time thatwhen tides, nesting birds or surface configuration prevent vehicle travel within the designatedcorridor.
§ 7.526 What must I do when I meet another vehicle on the beach?
(a) If you
When two vehiclesmeet another vehicle on the beach, you must yield if the operator of the vehicle withthe water is on your on theleft will yield.
(b) If you
When two vehiclesmeet another vehicle on a single-lane oversand route, you must the operator of the vehicle in the best position toyield if you are in the better position to yield. When yielding, you must:
will pPull out of the track only sofar enough as necessaryto let allowthe other vehicle topass safely; and
and then will mMove back into the established track before you drive on resuming thein your original direction of travel.
§ 7.527 What must I do when I get stuck?
(c) If you When
the process of make a hole while
freeing a stuck vehicle that
has been stuck results in ruts or holes, you must the
operator will fill the rut or hole
created by such activity before removing you drive away the vehicle from
the immediate area.
§7.528 What activities are prohibited?
You must not:
Drivingoff a designated oversand route.
Exceedinga speed of 15 miles per hour unless posted otherwise
Parking a vehiclein an oversand route so as to obstruct traffic.
Ridingon a fender, tailgate, roof, door or any other location on the outside of a vehicle.
Drivinga vehicle across a designated swimming beach at any time when it is posted with a sign prohibiting vehicles.
Operatinga motorcycle on an oversand route.
§7.529 May I launch a boat from a designated open route corridor?
You may launch a boat
and launching by permitted ORVs in from
a designated open route corridor is permitted.
You must have an NPS permit for the vehicle
that you use to haul your boat.