Over the weekend, several people in our area have been involved in ATV accidents, with one resulting in a death. ATVs are considered a good way to have fun, but some folks say it's not the activity that is dangerous, rather it's people who do not adhere to strict rules.
Eighteen-year-old Brandon McCranie has been riding his all terrain vehicle for two years. He says although these four wheelers can be fun they can also be dangerous.
"I was doing donuts on the road the rear wheel caught on a pole of sand it doesn't take much, but it wasn't anything major," says Brandon.
But that was a different story Friday. A Gadsden County man died from injuries resulting from an ATV accident, and less than 24 hours later, a 17-year-old and his passenger were injured in an accident.
Winn Pepples is an ATV dealer he says before selling one of these four wheelers he makes sure his buyers understand some important rules.
"You never carry a passenger on an ATV, they're specifically designed for that in addition these people did not have proper protective gear on it is required for dealers to provide information to folks purchasing ATVs,” says Winn Pepples.
The state of Florida does not require folks to wear helmets, but Pepples say it's a necessary tool to protect drivers from head injuries. Pepples says he would like to see a mandatory safety program instituted in Florida for folks who buy these ATVs so that folks can get proper training.
These ATVs are made for one person, adding a passenger makes it difficult for the driver to maneuver the vehicle and that can cause the ATV to tip over easily. The end result can be disastrous.
All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) Safety
Proper Riding Posture
Recommended Sizes for Age
Source: www.cpsc.gov (Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site) has contributed to this report.