Child Injuries in All-Terrain Vehicles Reduce After Imposing Age-restriction Law
According to the result of the study conducted in the United States on 13th September 2017, restricting use of specific off-road vehicles such as (ATVs) all-terrain vehicles for younger kids and teen agers can help in reducing the number of children who get severely injured in vehicle crashes. According to the law passed in 2010, kids under the age of 14 were banned from riding Off-road vehicles (ORV) in Massachusetts and advised teenagers to take proper classes for driving.
According to the study, emergency room visit count for children ageing from 10 to 13 years, due to ORV injuries decreased to half within three years of the rule was imposed on citizens. The count reduced dramatically as compared to the injury rate nine years before the law was in the United States. Children’s visit to the emergency room has also reduced by approximately 33 percent, primarily for children ageing 9 years old or below, and by approximately 39 percent for teenagers aging between 14 to 17 years.
Dr. Michael Flaherty, a lead study author from Harvard Medical School in Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital stated that, “our precise study brings revived hope that regulation, when executed well, can be an effective tool for helping in saving the lives of many children when it comes to (ORV) off-road vehicles specifically designed for adults.” The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that, the parents should not allow their children, especially under the age of 16 years to ride any off-road vehicle for major reasons, such as lack of muscles strength to co-ordinate and drive the vehicle safely and the lack of impulse control and maturity to make sensible decisions while using the vehicle.
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