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PRO-CON: Should ATV rules be tightened?

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Dec. 2, 2012 at 6:02 a.m.
Updated Dec. 3, 2012 at 6:03 a.m.


The death of 12-year-old Brittany Dawn Adkinson in an all-terrain vehicle accident Nov. 25 has sparked discussion about the safety of ATVs when operated by children.

The crash, during which a 6-year-old was operating the adult-size ATV and injured Brittany's 9-year-old brother who was also on the vehicle, happened on private property.

Under Texas law, ATV operators younger than 14 years of age must be under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian. Helmets and eye protection are also required when operated on public lands.

But what about on private property?

Should age restrictions and other requirements for operating an ATV also be enforced there?

Safety advocates, law enforcement officials, health professionals and others offer their thoughts on the topic.

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PRO: Rules should extend to private property, click HERE

CON: Enforcement infringes on landowner's rights click HERE

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