Battles over ATV safety mandates loom in state legislatures across the country, pitting child safety activists against industry advocates. Makers and dealers of the powerful machines say there are already enough regulations governing ATVs.
As an added wrinkle, enforcement of any ATV mandates is difficult. The recreational vehicles are popularly used off road, on private property, and away from the view of law enforcement.
Parents need not wait for Massachusetts lawmakers to act or the outcome of what promises to be a drawn-out ideological battle over legislating common sense. They can wake up now to the dangers of ATVs, particularly in the hands of the young and the reckless.
A group of mothers whose children were killed on adult-sized ATVs have formed Concerned Families for ATV Safety to spread awareness, provide information, and conduct discussion forums. The non-profit group’s web site, atvsafetynet.org, contains an interactive map with markers for ATV deaths across the country.
The word needs to get out: children should not be allowed to ride ATVs, and parents and dealers who allow that to happen are putting young lives at risk. There simply is no safe way for young thrill-seekers to play with these adult toys.
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