ATV Safety

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"Who here today has ridden four-wheelers? Let's see a show of hands. Wow 90 percent!"

Bob Montgomery has been going around schools teaching ATV safety, like this Farm Safety Days class, for about eight years.

Montgomery says: "We'd like to draw your attention to the ten chairs in the back that has names on them."

Those names are kids who have been killed in ATV accidents. Montgomery tries to grab the kids attention with the sobering statistics and now they have a new plan of action.

Montgomery says: "Well starting now, Allen County is going to implement a zero tolerance policy when it comes to enforcing Kentucky law with youth riding ATVs on the highway."

Scottsville Police Chief, Don Rutherford, says: "If we catch you out on the road riding an ATV not only will you be cited and have to go to court, your ATV will be impounded."

Montgomery points out the tires on ATVs are not designed for pavement, they are designed for grass.

He says: "There's a misconception out there about riding on the highway, that people can ride ATVs on the highway. In reality, it's very limited."

In this scenario he explains what could happen if an ATV was going 35 miles an hour on a roadway.

Montgomery says: "All of a sudden a deer jumps out. Do you know what will happen if you try to veer quickly and miss the deer? What will happen? You'll flip, that's exactly right."

The classes also go over the importance of wearing protective gear, like helmets and gloves. The officers and Montgomery say they aren't trying to chastise the kids; they are just doing it because they care.

The police department and county judge are also part of the zero tolerance policy. ATVs that are impounded from children riding on the roadways will not be given back until the child goes to court, and then it's up to the judge to decide when and if they are returned.