News4Jax reported that a 12-year-old was taken to UF Pediatrics in Gainesville for serious but non-life-threatening injuries in December. According to the FHP report, the child was driving a Yamaha Raptor four wheeler at a high rate of speed over a speed Hum on Jordan Street in Fort White Sunday afternoon. The four wheeler overturned and threw him off the bike. As of now, charges are pending.
Why is it so important for children not to drive an ATV? According to Nemours Children’s Health System who supports the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement, children under 16 years of age lack the physical strength, coordination and judgment to drive an ATV safely in all situations. ATV crashes can lead to significant head and neck injuries, abdominal trauma, and even loss of life. It is important to remember that: 24 percent of deaths related to ATVs occur in children under 16; and children under 16 make up almost one-third of the estimated ATV-related injuries treated in emergency departments each year.
|Cumulative Percent of
U.S. Reported Deaths
(1982-2007) Children under 16