Staying safe on ATV’s and other motorized vehicles

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Injuries associated with ATV’s and golf carts go up during the spring and summer months. Many of those injured or killed are children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises children under the age of 16 to stay off of ATVs altogether even though companies make those vehicles specifically for children.

Julie Farmer with Children’s of Alabama spoke with CBS42 about the dangers of the vehicles outweighing the potential for fun outdoors. She says, “being thrown off is one of the biggest dangers. A go cart on the other hand has a lower center of gravity, but here again, it’s a motorized vehicle and so people don’t take that into account.”

Farmer advises parents to keep a close eye on their children if they are riding any type of motorized vehicle. She says to remember that golf carts should not be driven onto public roads either.

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