MA House Approves ATV Minimum Age Increase

A dozen times last month alone a child under the age of 16 was brought to the emergency room for ATV related injuries. The incidents included being thrown from the ATV, crashing into trees, rolling over, and even a near drowning in a cranberry bog.

With the help of Katie and Matt Kearney whose son was killed four years ago in an ATV accident, the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a bill to raise the minimum age for operating off-road vehicles from 10 to 14 years old.

Senate President Therese Murray showed her thanks in saying,

I am pleased that the House of Representatives passed the ATV safety bill which is critical to the well-being of our children. I want to commend the Kearneys, who, through their tragic loss, were able to find the strength to advocate for our childrens’ safety. Working with them, we have been able to pass legislation that will hold negligent users or owners accountable and help reduce the bad practices that harm individuals and children.

The bill has already been passed by the senate and still needs to go through committee before being given to Governor Deval Patrick to be signed into law.

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Published in: on June 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

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