ATVs are More Dangerous on Roads
In spite of warnings from manufacturers, federal agencies, and consumer and safety advocates
that all terrain vehicles (ATVs) are unsafe on roadways, for several years an increasing number of
states have passed laws allowing ATVs on public roads, and additional states and counties are currently considering such laws. The majority of ATV deaths take place on these roads and action is needed to reverse this dangerous trend.
In response to this problem, CFA has brought together a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries caused by All-Terrain Vehicles.
As part of our efforts to reverse the trend toward increased ATV use on roads, our coalition works together to educate the public and decision makers about the dangers of allowing ATVs on roads.
- CFA Report: This report analyzes the law regarding ATV use on roads in 50 states and the District of Columbia and shows a trend toward states legalizing, and implicitly endorsing, ATV use on roads. CFA calls for immediate action at the municipal, county, state, and federal level to prohibit ATVs on roadways.
- IIHS Report: IIHS analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, which has data about on-road ATV-related deaths. IIHS found that during the period 2007-2011, there were 1,701 ATV rider deaths in on-road crashes.
- Denning, Harland, Ellis, Jennissen, Article in Injury Prevention: Over 60% of all fatalities (1985–2009) resulted from roadway crashes.
- Jennissen, Harland, Wetjen, Peck, Hoogerwerf, Denning, Article in Annals of Family Medicine: At least 75% of students reported having been on an ATV, and most riders engaged in risky behaviors, including riding on public roads (81%).
- ATV Safety Institute's Golden Rules: Rule number two warns riders to never use ATVs on paved roads.
- CPSC ATV Safety Page: A variety of ATV safety information and statistics.
- IIHS ATV Fatality Facts: Deaths of ATV riders on public roads have increased dramatically in the last 30 years.
By tracking news reports, coalition members compile an ongoing spreadsheet of ATV fatalities. As of March 26, we identified 64 ATV and ROV fatalities in 2015.
Because not all ATV and ROV related deaths are reported in the newspaper and not all papers are online, this count is an underestimate. In addition, because newspapers frequently identify all off-road vehicles as ATVS, some ROVs may be classified as ATVs in the data.
- Child Injury Prevention Alliance
- Concerned Families for ATV Safety
- Consumer Federation of America
- Injury Prevention Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital
- Iowa ATV Injury Prevention Task Force
- Gerene Denning, PhD
- Charles Jennissen, MD
- The Safety Institute
- State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
- The Trauma Foundation
Our coalition members have signed onto letters opposing proposed ordinances, laws and polices that would endanger the public by increasing recreational ATV access to roads.
- Tippecanoe County Indiana County Commissioners 4/17/14
- Oklahoma Senate Public Safety Committee 5/1/14
- Kossuth County Board of Supervisors 5/1/14
- Salem Wisconsin Town Board 5/1/14
- Mount Holly Vermont Select Board 5/1/14
- Kittias County Washington County Commissioners 5/1/14
- Elko County Nevada County Commissioners 5/1/14
- Sac County Iowa Board of Supervisors 5/1/14
- Supervisor Mike Balboni Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest 5/1/14
- Okanogan County Washington County Commissioners 5/12/14
- Clallum County Washington Board of County Commissioners 5/14/14
- Benton County Board of County Commissioners 5/20/14
- Omak City Washington City Council 5/27/14
- Asotin County Washington County Commission 6/13/14
- New York State Assembly A04971-A Ways and Means Committee 6/19/14
- Supervisor Laura Jo West Colville National Forest 7/7/14
- Millinocket Maine Town Council 8/20/14
- Pepin Township Wisconsin Board 8/20/14
- Winthrop Washington Town Council 8/20/14
- Girard Kansas City Council 8/28/14
- Eagle River Wisconsin City Council 9/11/14
- Hampton Township Pennsylvania Council 10/6/14
- Mesa Colorado Board of County Commissioners 10/14/14
- Crystal Lake Wisconsin Town Board 11/12/14
- Garden City Kansas City Commission 1/21/15
- Tennessee General Assembly 1/21/15
- Colorado General Assembly 2/24/2015
- Oregon House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development 2/24/2015
- Governor of Utah, 03/26/2015
- Wisconsin Price County Board of Supervisors, 03/26/2015.
- New Mexico House Transportation and Public Works Committee, 03/26/2015.
- Washington Acting Forest Supervisor, 03/26/2015
Our coalition members have also signed onto letters supporting proposals to ban ATVs on roads.
- Bridget Huber, Despite High Death Toll, Push is On to Open More Public Roads to ATVs, Fair Warning, 3/10/14.
- Bridget Huber, Consumer Advocates Urge Banning ATVs from Roadways, Citing Crash Hazards, Fair Warning, 3/14/14.
- James Hanseen, Van Dyken-Rouen Injury Tragic Reminder of ATV Dangers, NCSL Blog, 6/24/14.
- Lisa Rathke, Groton Rejects ATV Use on Some Roads, 03/03/2015.
- Nate Fluharty, Counsil Approves Ordinance to Eliminate ATV Riding in Moundsville, 03/03/2015.
- ATV Deaths Increase Slightly for Children, While Injuries Suffered by all Riders Decreased, 03/04/2015. (PDF)
- ATV and ROV Deaths Exceed 500 for 2014, 12/22/14. (PDF)
- As Memorial Day Approaches, ATV Riders Face Risks, 05/22/2014. (PDF)
- ATVs are Dangers to Children: Must be Designed Safer, 04/24/2014. (PDF)
- States Are Increasingly Allowing ATVs on Roads Despite Warnings from Industry, Advocates and Federal Government 03/13/2014. (PDF)