BENTON, Ark. (BPD) - Recently, we’ve received numerous citizen complaints about the illegal use of ATV’s on city streets. Often, the complaints involve the unsafe usage of the ATV by juveniles or young adults that are operating it in a manner that poses danger to their life and those around them.
Unless the operator has a valid driver’s license and the vehicle has a valid state registration and insurance on it, it shouldn’t be utilized on a public street or state roadway. Due to this becoming more of an issue lately, officers will be taking a zero tolerance stance on the use of ATV’s, golf carts, and other prohibited vehicles being used on public roadways.
Every year, more than 700 deaths and over 100,000 emergency room injuries occur a direct result of ATV-related crashes in the United States. Thirty-five percent of those 700 deaths are children under the age of 16, with the highest risk age group being males under 16.