A serious debate on the legal driving age of operators of ATV’s is undergoing scrutiny in Utah lately.
House Bill 237 would change the minimum age for riding all-terrain vehicles on public property. It’s certainly a subject that needs to be addressed.
As the law stands now, kids as young as 8 can operate ATVs in Utah, and they’re paying the price with their bones, their flesh and their lives.
Should the decision to let minor’s operate vehicles lie within government or with the parents? Any all terrain vehicle can be dangerous and not every child is capable of operating, but who is responsible? I was riding my Honda Fourtrax at the ripe old age of 6, unharmed and better off. If nothing else I was taught responsibility, something I still recognize today.