Study shows restricting use of ATV’s can reduce injuries among those most at risk

ATVs (file photo)

(ABC News) – The speed, the independence — everyone loves getting off-road and behind those wheels, particularly kids who can’t yet drive a car. But at what cost?

The hazards of ATV’s and other off-road vehicles are known.

But this new study on an off-road law in Massachusetts now shows that the danger is real!

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A Massachusetts law in 2010 forbid the use of these machines by children younger than 14.

The consequence? A 50% reduction in the injuries caused by these hazardous vehicles in 10 through 13-year-olds – the ones at most risk!

Restricting the weight of the engines also helped in injury prevention.

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So, whatever the law in your state, think again before your child gets behind that ATV because, as much fun as they can be, a visit to the emergency room isn’t much fun for anyone.

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