WELCOME TO CONCERNED FAMILIES FOR ATV SAFETY
Concerned Families for ATV Safety is a network of parents dedicated
to reducing injuries and death among children driving powerful All
Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). We offer support to victimís families and
provide families with information and resources to make informed
decisions about their children and ATVs. Through public education
we work to raise awareness of the need for adequate, common sense
safety standards that keep children under 16 off ATVs, and for enforcement
of ATV laws.
The consumer Product safety commission released its new data on deaths and injuries related to ATV's. You can view these reports here: 2012 CPSC Safety Report | 2011 CPSC Safety Report | 2010 CPSC Safety Report | 2009 CPSC Safety Report. While the numbers seem to have decreased these past few years it's important to note that these are only ESTIMATED numbers and they will go up for at least a few more years before the total of deaths and injuries are complete. In fact, the 2014 CPSC Staff Briefing on ROVs, states that 33% of ATV fatilities between 2003 and 2011 involved children under 16.
ATV ALERT: A new national report on ATV accidents shows a 150 percent increase in injuries to children younger than 18 between 1997 and 2006. Hospitalizations for moderate to severe brain injuries tripled. Think, parents, think!
State to state, ATV rules are all over map
OCEANO DUNES, CALIF. – The little girl perches her all-terrain vehicle at the top of a towering dune and prepares to plunge into one of the wildest places to go off-roading in America.
She is 4 years old.
Two dozen ATVs zoom past her. The girl, named Nina, has never driven an ATV until today. The model she’s riding was designed for drivers 12 and older. Her only training took place an hour earlier, when a rental company worker spent about five minutes explaining how the brakes and throttle work.
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States ignore federal ATV age limits
For years, federal regulators, doctors and the all-terrain vehicle industry have agreed: Children should not ride ATVs designed for adults.
But in most states, the practice is legal.
In Minnesota, lawmakers even dropped the age limit from 16 to 12 for driving adult ATVs, with a nod to safety: They require children to take a training class.
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ATV thrills drive child injuries, deaths
As ridership has grown nationwide, hundreds of children have been killed riding off-road vehicles built for adults.
Ryan Anderson is not yet 2, but he is already a veteran of the Luck Area ATV Club. As his family prepares for its weekly trail ride through the woods of western Wisconsin, Ryan is strapped in to the Polaris Ranger, his helmet secured to the front seat with a blue bungee cord. His father explains why: Ryan’s neck is too weak to support the helmet, so the cord is also needed to keep him safe.
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