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!
All-Terain Vehicle (ATVs) Safety
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are off-road vehicles for recreational use. In most states, it's legal for older kids and teens to ride them, even without a driver's license. But with the thrills come major safety risks.
ATVs can be unstable and hard to control, particularly at high speeds. Rollovers and collisions happen often, and some of these are fatal. In a nearly 30-year study, experts report that almost 12,000 people were killed in the United States while riding these vehicles — and 25% were kids younger than 16.
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Adult-sized ATVs are deadly for kids
Santa might think twice about giving kids an all-terrain vehicle this year. Riding ATVs poses high risks of injury or death for children and teens, with dangers differing by age, a new U.S. study warns.
The biggest risk factors for all ages of children and teens are riding an adult-sized ATV and not wearing a helmet, both of which can have deadly consequences for kids. According to background information in the study, more children in the United States die riding ATVs than riding bicycles each year.
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Dangerous terrain: ATVs and open roads
THEILMAN, MN – B.J.’s serves up burgers and beers just off the intersection of two public roads in Wabasha County, a slice of southeastern Minnesota where steep valleys frame the Zumbro River. It’s ideal terrain for off-roading.
And four-wheelers can hit the pavement, too, ever since Wabasha County expanded ATV access last year to county roads.
“It brings in people,” said Mark Jensen, B.J.’s owner. “A couple of times this year, the whole parking lot was full of four-wheelers.”
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