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ATV regulations needed across Canada to prevent youth injuries: group

TORONTO – Each year, 447 children under the age of 15 are admitted to hospitals for injuries suffered in all-terrain vehicle accidents and the number continues to rise.

That’s why the Canadian Paediatric Society is calling for strict regulations prohibiting kids under 16 from riding the vehicles.

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The organization also says legislation should be changed to make riders wear helmets and take safety training courses.

Legislation for ATV riding varies across the country.

In British Columbia, there is no provincial legislation for riding ATV’s, while in Alberta children under 14 can operate an ATV while under the supervision of an adult.

Society chair Natalie Yanchar says without uniform off-road legislation, riders between the ages of ten and 25 will continue to be at risk.

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She also says ATV operators should take mandatory training courses that are proven to be effective in producing safer riders.

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