Curbing ATV Injuries

Wednesday, April 4th 2007, 6:27 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A bill to require children under the age of 18 to wear crash helmets while operating or riding on all-terrain vehicles on public land clears a Senate panel.

The state House-passed measure now goes to the state Senate floor for consideration.

Senate author Andrew Rice said Tuesday that six children died in ATV accidents in Oklahoma last year.

The Oklahoma City Democrat says that number could be reduced by passing his bill into law. He says Oklahoma currently has no safety requirements for ATV riders, other than they are not allowed to operate the vehicles on paved roads.

Failure to comply with the proposed law would result in a $25 fine.

The law would not apply to the use of ATVs on private property.

To read what is in the bill, click here.