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The recent death of MTV's "Buckwild" star Shain Gandee has thrust "mudding" into the spotlight. Many people are now wondering just what is mudding and whether mudding is legal.
Generally, mudding involves driving an all-terrain vehicle or sport utility vehicle off-road through wet fields, streams, lakeshores, lakebeds, or other muddy areas, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Individuals who go mudding generally race through these areas, spinning their tires and throwing mud.
In the process, they also may rip up vegetation, create unsightly holes, and destroy property. So is mudding legal?
Generally speaking, mudding is not illegal in and of itself. For example, there are no laws that provide that someone shall never drive in a muddy area.
However, there are laws and regulations that prohibit mudding in certain areas, like on state and federally owned land, as well as laws against dangerous driving in general. Here's a look at some potential legal consequences of mudding: