Oklahoma Doctors Seek Support For State ATV Regulations

Friday, September 22nd 2006, 6:24 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma physicians are seeking political support for a plan to place safety restrictions on the use of all-terrain vehicles.

Trauma care doctors spoke to the Child Death Review Board yesterday about the dangers of unrestricted use of ATVs that has led to the deaths of 18 people in Oklahoma so far this year. Six of the dead were 18 years old or younger.

Doctor Roxie Albrecht, medical director of trauma and critical care at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, says she's seen people killed in ATV wrecks.

Albrecht and others plan to reintroduce legislation next spring to require children under 18 to wear a helmet when they ride ATVs. That was one of several requirements in a bill that died in the Oklahoma House this year.