Lawmakers in New York State have made amendments to a law that was deemed “dangerous” and could potentially lead to “catastrophic” injuries.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed a bill proposed by Assembly Member Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) to raise the age limit for driving an ATV. The announcement was made by Paulin on Tuesday.
Bill Raising the Age for Driving an ATV from 10 to 14 is Signed into Law
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In New York State, the legal age for operating an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) has been officially raised from 10 to 14, as per the bill.
According to Paulin, it is shocking that children as young as ten years old, who are still in 4th grade, have been permitted to legally operate ATVs in New York State. She believes that ATVs pose a significant danger, weighing hundreds of pounds and capable of reaching speeds of 70 miles per hour or more. Due to their weight and speed, these machines are unsuitable for young children to operate, resulting in preventable tragedies, including those that have occurred in Westchester County.
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Why ATVs Can Be Very Dangerous In New York State?
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, New York ranks among the top 10 states in terms of reported ATV accidents.
According to officials, between 1982 and 2012, New York recorded a total of 433 deaths related to ATVs.
Claudia Brayme, Deputy Director of Protect the Adirondacks, believes that increasing the age of ATV riders from 10 to 14 years old will provide better protection for both riders and natural resources in the Adirondacks. According to Brayme, this move will help prevent inexperienced and immature riders from causing damage while using ATVs in the area.
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According to the bill, any child below the age of 16 operating an ATV must be under the supervision of someone who is 18 years or older.
State Senator Pete Harckham, who led the bill in the Senate, emphasized that outdoor recreation should not be associated with a high possibility of severe injury. He explained that the proposed legislation advocating for an increase in the minimum age for ATV usage from 10 to 14 years old, coupled with mandatory safety courses, would help prevent potential accidents that could be caused by vehicles that can reach speeds similar to those of an automobile.
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