New Law Cracks Down On Helmet Use

Friday, March 28th 2008, 6:33 pm
By: News On 6

A new Oklahoma law is designed to protect kids from the dangers of recreational vehicles like ATV's.  The law requires anyone under 18 to wear a DOT approved helmet while riding on public property.

You might recall last November, two brothers on an ATV were speeding down a street in Rogers County, and neither was wearing a helmet.  The 13-year-old driver hit a mailbox, was thrown from the ATV and died.  His brother had serious injuries.

Police say it's important for parents to make sure kids obey the new law.

"Kids don't always have the judgment and responsibly themselves to ensure their own safety because the fact is most kids think they're resilient and nothing's going to happen to them," said Sgt. Ed Ferguson, Broken Arrow Police.

Anyone under 18 caught riding a recreational vehicle on public property without a helmet will get a $25 ticket.

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