September 2009

ATVs not child’s play, Ontario’s doctors say

The Ontario Medical Association has joined other health-care organizations in calling for a ban on children under 14 riding all-terrain vehicles. The OMA has released a report that says ATVs pose a significant but avoidable risk of injury and death to children. Fully one third of the 3,000 people hospitalized with ATV injuries in 2004-2005 were between five and 19 years old, the OMA notes in a news release announcing their report.

The OMA suggests that children under 14 be banned from operating any size ATVs and that youth 14-16 be allowed to ride only power-restricted vehicles than cannot exceed 30 km/h. The laws governing ATVs vary across the provinces.

Updated September 3, 2009