Teen Safety

We’ve had several ATV related fatalities involving youth and teens in our region since the beginning of the year.

Although ATVs can be fun when operated properly, they can become dangerous if laws aren’t followed and used incorrectly.

Phil Harwick, manager at Star City Powersports in Roanoke, sat down with Kathlynn Stone to discuss guidelines and laws here in Virginia.

Each state has its own guidelines and laws when it comes to ATVs.

  •  ATVs should not be driven on any public highway or other public property
  • Young people under the age of 16 are not permitted to operate an ATV. However, children between the ages of 12 and 16 may operate ATVs powered by engines of no less than 70 nor more than 90 cubic centimeters displacement
  • Any person operating an ATV must wear a protective helmet
  • ATVS should not be operated with a passenger at any time, unless the ATV is designed and equipped to be operated with more than one rider

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