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Rewriting a Short Rule

by John Strylowski

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The finished product -- a plain language rule!

§ 7.525 Where can I drive on the beach?

You must follow all applicable provisions of this chapter, including part 4, as well as the provisions of this section.

(a) On the beach, you must drive 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.

(b) You may drive below the berm crest only to pass a temporary cut in the beach. You must regain the crest immediately after you pass the cut.

(c) On an inland oversand route, you must drive 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 when tides, nesting birds or surface configuration prevent vehicle travel within the corridor.

  § 7.526 What must I do when I meet another vehicle on the beach?

(a) If you meet another vehicle on the beach, you must yield if the water is on your left.

(b) If you meet another vehicle on a single-lane oversand route, you must yield if you are in the better position to yield. When yielding, you must:

(1) Pull out of the track only far enough to let the other vehicle pass safely- and

(2) Move back into the established track before you drive on in your original direction.

§ 7.527 What must I do when I get stuck?

If you make a hole while freeing a stuck vehicle, you must fill the hole before you drive away.

§ 7.528 What activities are prohibited?

You must not:

(a) Drive off a designated oversand route.

(b) Exceed a speed of 15 miles per hour unless posted otherwise.

(c) Park a vehicle in an oversand route so as to obstruct traffic.

(d) Ride on a fender, tailgate, roof, door or any other location on the outside of a vehicle.

(e) Drive a vehicle across a designated swimming beach at any time when it is posted with a sign prohibiting vehicles.

(f) Operate a motorcycle on an oversand route.

§ 7.529 May I launch a boat from a designated open route corridor?

You may launch a boat from a designated open route corridor. You must have an NPS permit for the vehicle that you use to haul your boat.

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