Kentucky's ATV death-rate worst in the nation
by Eric Snyder -- esnyder@cadizrecord.com
Dec 21, 2005 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A recently released report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reveals Kentucky to have the fastest growing all-terrain vehicle death rate in the country.

According to the report, 106 people were killed in Kentucky while riding an ATV between 2002 and 2004, the most of any state. West Virginia had the second-most, with 93.

According to the report, there were 1,571 ATV-related deaths across the country in those years.

An Indiana man was killed in Trigg County this August, when his ATV struck a tree off East Ross School Road. Michael Chwalek, 51, was not wearing a helmet.

The CPSC estimated that 136,100 were treated in emergency rooms for ATV-related incidents, an 8 percent increase over 2003.

The CPSC reported that the rising number of deaths is a result of an increasing number of ATVs in America, up to 5.6 million by current estimates.

To try to curb the rising number of deaths, the CPSC is considering revamping federal regulations to protect ATV riders.

According to the Associated Press, current proposals include a ban on sales of full-size ATV to children under 16, utilizing enhanced warning labels, requiring buyers to complete training before purchasing an ATV, and making manufacturers responsible for design and performance safety standards.

Two Minnesota senators introduced legislation in November that would regulate all ATVs sold in the United States, similar to how the auto industry is already regulated.

The bill has not yet been brought up for a vote.
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