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Utah Legislature: ATV helmet flag bill loses in Senate

Published: Friday, Jan. 29 2010 7:16 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would let all-terrain vehicle riders wear helmets with attached flags instead of attaching flags to the vehicles was voted down in the Senate on Friday.

But that doesn't mean SB19 is dead, because its sponsor, Sen. Brent Goodfellow, D-West Valley, changed his vote from "yay" to "nay" in hopes that he can resurrect it Monday.

"It didn't get enough votes this time," Goodfellow said. "It only had 14. But there were six absent," including two people Goodfellow said he knows will vote in favor of it.

Also, Goodfellow said he may want to negotiate with Sen. Jon Greiner, R-Ogden, who is chief of the Ogden Police Department. Greiner expressed concerns about the helmet not being high enough if worn by children riding small ATVs. He also worried about the danger of an ATV without a flag being left on a trail or sand dune if it had broken down and the rider had abandoned it, because the vehicle could be dangerous to other riders on the path.

But Goodfellow argued the opposite. "If that individual would have the flag on the helmet, they could be seen walking off the sand dune," Goodfellow said.

— Laura Hancock

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