Teenager Survives ATV Accident

By: Stephanie Stang
By: Stephanie Stang

An area teen-ager is receiving a welcome home party after spending several months in a Louisville hospital. Josh McGavich, a sophomore at Glasgow High School, was severely injured in an ATV accident in April.

McGavich was riding with his cousin when he flipped over and landed on his head. Doctors said the chances of Josh ever being able to walk again were slim. After many months though in the hospital Josh is up and walking. He will even play on the football team this fall. Many family members say they owe their thanks to the Cave City volunteer fire department for their quick response.

The state is taking further measures to prevent accidents like these. In September a stricter amended ATV law will be enforced.

House bill 231 amends KRS 189.515(6) as follows, new language underlined: ¥ (A) A person may operate an all-terrain vehicle on any two-lane public highway in order to cross the highway. In crossing the highway under this paragraph, the operator shall cross the highway at as close to a 90-degree angle as is practical and safe, and shall not travel on the highway for more than two-tenths of a mile.

¥ (B) A person may operate an all-terrain vehicle on any two-lane public highway, if the operator is engaged in farm or agriculture related activities, construction, road maintenance, or snow removal.

¥ (C) The Transportation Cabinet may designate and a city or county government may designate, those public highways, segments of public highways, and adjoining rights-of-way of public highways under its jurisdiction where all-terrain vehicles that are prohibited may be operated.

¥ (D) A person operating an all-terrain vehicle on a public highway under this subsection shall comply with all applicable traffic regulations.

¥ (E) A person operating an all-terrain vehicle on a public highway under this subsection shall possess a valid operator's license.

¥ (F) A person shall not operate an all-terrain vehicle under this subsection unless the all-terrain vehicle has at least one headlight and two taillights which shall be illuminated at all times the vehicle is in operation.

¥ (G) A person operating an all-terrain vehicle under this subsection shall restrict the operation to daylight hours, except when engaged in snow removal or emergency road maintenance.


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