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Canadian doctors want ban on kids riding ATVs

September 26, 2012

The Canadian Pediatric Society posted a new position on its website recently calling for lawmakers to ban anyone under 16 years old from riding an ATV, which is something American doctors proposed years ago.

The Canadian proposal immediately prompted a strong reaction from the All-Terrain Quad Council of Canada, which noted that some medical professionals believe the best way to prevent ATV-related injuries among young people is to ban them from riding completely but “safety practitioners advocate measures to manage the risks, recognizing that the young people most at risk are likely to ride ATVs anyway.”

The Canadian ATV organization advocates a combination of enforceable regulations, training and public education as well as the mandatory use of vehicles engineered for young people.

In the past, the American Academy of Pediatrics sought a ban on ATV use by those under the age of 16. The academy made the suggestion to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, which rejected the proposal.

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