ATV Accidents on the Rise
ATV's are becoming more popular, and one of the consequences is that more ATV accidents are taking place.
While there are no specific numbers for 2012, the state's Department of Natural Resources has investigated numerous ATV accidents in recent weeks, including one last week that killed a 14-year-old in Martinsville.
State Convservation Officer Bill Browne says the primary culprits in ATV accidents are usually alcohol and riders who don't wear helmets or other safety equipment. While his department encourages ATV use as a fun and easy way to explore state-owned lands, Browne says the department encourages riders to adhere to safe riding rules and to wear helmets, even though they aren't required by state law.
Last year, 220 ATV accidents were reported statewide, resulting in eleven deaths.