The Alabama Department of Public Health is to be commended for its recent actions relating to ATVs. The focus by the Department on the dangers of All Terrain Vehicles is certainly noteworthy. State officials launched a statewide educational campaign last month to warn citizens about the dangers of allowing anyone under age 16 to ride the vehicles. State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson says in Alabama, ATV accidents over the past eight years have killed six children and severely injured another 211. Health officials say, based on reports from coroners and hospitals, that the ATV safety problem is getting worse. Alabama is among just three states that have no laws regulating the use of ATVs and that’s inexcusable. The Legislature should pass the necessary laws in the next regular session to remedy the situation.
Source: Associated Press
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