Stricter rules for ATV safety

Lois Lee, MD, MPH
Lois Lee, MD, MPH

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 16 not operate All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), many children still ride them—and some are killed or seriously hurt. Lois Lee, MD, MPH, who specializes in pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston, spoke out yesterday in support of a Massachusetts bill that would raise the legal age requirement to drive an ATV. Current laws mandate that a child as young as 10 can ride an ATV with adult supervision, but the new bill would increase the minimum ATV driving age to 14.

Click here to see Lee discussing ATV safety for kids on Channel 5 News.

Lee’s support of stricter age restrictions on ATV operational laws isn’t new. Click here to read a 2009 Thrive post, where Lee and David Mooney, MD, MPH, talked about the dangers of younger children driving ATVs.

stockphotopro_4064276NZB_10_09_0042_jpgLee was also featured earlier in the week in a segment on car seat expiration. Like milk or medicine, a car seat is good for your kid— unless it’s expired. Experts and manufacturers say car seats expire after six years because they either become outdated with current safety technology or their pieces may have weakened over time, limiting their protective functions in the event of an accident.Click here to watch the video.

And if you missed it, Lee’s been writing a series of posts on injury prevention. Check out the archive to read great tips on keeping your kids safe in and out of the home.