OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A state House committee passed legislation today that would require anyone under age 18 to wear helmets while riding all terrain vehicles.
The Health and Human Services Committee voted 21-to-1 to send the Senate-passed bill to the state House floor.
Supporters of the measure say it will reduce injuries and save lives.
Author of the bill Representative Bill Nations says 11 Oklahomans died in ATV accidents last year and none were wearing helmets.
The bill would also prohibit riders under the age of 14 from carrying passengers unless the ATV was specifically designed for it. ATVs used for agricultural purposes would be exempt.