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All-Terrain Vehicles Fun — But Dangerous

August 5, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Earlier this summer a Cameron woman in the prime of life died in an all-terrain vehicle accident. The ATV's operator has been charged with driving under the influence causing death.

Since West Virginia began keeping records in 1982, 546 people have died in ATV accidents. One hundred forty-eight of them were children 16 years of age or less.

Many of those fatalities could have been prevented had ATV riders treated the vehicles as what they are - powerful, potentially dangerous machines, not toys.

Often we see ATV riders, sometimes small children, engaging in hazardous behavior. It is a miracle, frankly, that more people are not hurt seriously or killed in ATV accidents.

ATVs can be loads of fun. But please remember: They can be deadly, too.

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