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Warning: About 130 U.S. kids die annually on ATVs
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2012, 03:14:34 AM »
About 130 U.S. kids die annually on ATVs

Published: May 21, 2012 at 12:07 AM

MADISON, Wis., May 21 (UPI) -- About 40,000 children age 16 and under are seriously injured each year in all-terrain vehicles-related incidents and about 130 die, a U.S. doctor said.

Dr. Joshua Ross, medical director of pediatric emergency medicine at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wis., said five children were treated in March and April for injuries at the hospital's pediatric emergency department and one died after riding on or driving ATVs.

"We need to keep sending the message that ATVs are motorized vehicles that are difficult to operate safely and require special training and safety equipment, especially helmets," Ross said in a statement.

Under Wisconsin law, children younger than 12 may operate small ATVs on open and public land and while under the direct direction or control by a parent, Ross said.

Children age 12 and older must attend a certified safety training course to ride independently. However, Wisconsin law does not require training or safety equipment for kids who operate ATVs on family farms.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources strongly recommends training and helmet use in all circumstances and urges adults to set a good example for young riders.

The American Academy of Pediatrics said children age 16 and younger who are not licensed to drive a car should not be allowed to operate off-road vehicles.
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