Between 2002-2006, 10 children under the age of 15 were killed and 366 were injured in Oregon due to nonstandard transportation methods; the majority of these being ATVs. Additionally, 40% of all ATV deaths in Oregon occurred in children under the age of 19.
There has been a large increase in the number of both ATV and off-road two-wheeled motorcycle riders requiring treatment in Oregon’s trauma centers. It is important that health care providers, citizens and public officials work together to implement a comprehensive injury-prevention response to this serious health issue.
Both Safe Kids USA and the American Academy of Pediatrics policies state that no child under the age of 16 ride on an ATV.
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Oregon law requires anyone under the age of 16 operating an ATV on public lands to be supervised by an adult over the age of 18. Also, anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet and have the chin strap fastened. Youth under the age of 16 are required to have in-line safety training and hands-on rider training. For more information, please visit RideATVOregon.