As a concerned mom I think it is obvious that Hobble Creek should be closed and
all ATVs banned in Utah. The driving age should also be increased to 21 years
old.Sorry, couldn't resist!
let's ban bad behavior, cars, guns, knives, ropes, poison, flying,
hiking........everything that includes a person making a decision. a typical lib
response, i love California, but people drown in the ocean there, ban swimming,
surfing, boating. sorry, just had to say it
Once upon a time, I was certified in First Aid by the Red Cross. The instructor
was Park Ranger. He related that the most serious injuries that he had seen were
in ATV accidents. He specifically mentioned and described one gruesome incident
in a park in which a life was lost. The young want to use the ATV for joy
riding. Apparently, there are no laws designed to protect the young from
themselves in regard to ATVs. Even tractors are considered vehicle which need a
driver's license unless you are a farmer's child which bring extended
circumstances. There are no extended circumstances for ATVs. As far as I know,
there is no such thing as a junior park ranger. This young woman could have been
protected from injury through tighter regulation of the use of ATVs.
Here is a little saying that I learned 20 years ago when I got my first ATV;
"There are two kinds of people that own ATV's; those who have had
accidents, and those who will have accidents." Fortunately, in the accident
I had, no one got hurt. but it was a wake up call and I've not had
another. We all just need to learn to ride reasonably.
Another reason to always wear a helmet.
The laws of physics are at work here. Of course you can get injured
doing alot of different things. However, there are certain things that work
against you and increase those odds. As you can likely detect by my title I
ride motorcycles. You can get hurt on those as well no doubt but with the
advent of first 3 wheel ATV's (since eliminated due to danger) and now
LARGE 4 wheel ATV's/Rhinos it always seemed obvious to me that more weight
simply causes more damage to people.I typically trail ride on my
motorcycles with my family. My kids have all crashed with various amounts of
damage and/or injury. Each time I give thanks that it is a 200lb motorcycle
instead of a 500lb 4 wheeler or a thousand pound Rhino.All my family
wears the gear to make it as safe as possible but we have still had some
injuries but nothing of any permanent or life threatening nature.These new big ATV's look great but the reality is when a 4 wheeler or a
side-by-side rolls the human/machine weight ratio is nasty.Liberal
regulate-everything people need to get a life.
If we are going to regulate anything we need to regulate hiking and bicycle
riding. If you do a search in this news site on the number of people falling off
of cliffs while hiking or rock climbing (particularly on the Wasatch Font) and
the pedal bikes crashing or getting run over (even a pedal bike fatality in
Logan) the accidents are far more numerous in those activities than they are on
ATVs.As for those who think they want to save me, or anyone else
that choses to participate in the activity of their choice. Stay out of my life
and go live your own. I would rather have my child risk the chance of being
paralyzed from the neck down than being paralyzed from the neck up like so many
kids who turn to drugs because society thinks they know best what a kid should
be doing with his spare time.