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All-Terrain Vehicles’ Power Can Be Deadly

November 20, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

A 24-year-old St. Clairsville man died Sunday, of injuries sustained when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving illegally on a public road crashed.

In July, a 22-year-old Cameron woman was killed when the ATV on which she was a passenger rolled over an embankment.

Despite ATV safety laws in both West Virginia and Ohio and even after campaigns intended to persuade ATV users to be more careful, the death toll involving the vehicles continues to pile up. Also in July, a 12-year-old killed while riding a racing ATV in Kanawha County was added to the grim list.

Stricter laws are not the answer to the problem, though they could prevent a few fatalities, perhaps among children.

Frankly, what's needed is more common sense among ATV users. These are not toys. They are motor vehicles capable of deadly speed.

If you own and/or ride an ATV, please understand that - and operate the vehicle accordingly.

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