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Published: Sunday, Sept. 22 2013 9:50 p.m. MDT

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Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

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!

ute alumni
paradise, UT

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

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

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.

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

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.

Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

Another reason to always wear a helmet.

MOTO X
Alpine, UT

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.

justamacguy
Manti, UT

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.

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