SC Legislature re-thinking ATV safety regulations

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Nearly eight years after a South Carolina teen died in an ATV accident, his family is pushing for big changes to safety laws.

South Carolina legislature voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a bill to the full agriculture and environmental affairs committee, putting age and safety restrictions on all terrain vehicles.

The bill would not allow children 9 years old and younger to drive an ATV.  It would also require anyone 16 years old or younger to take a safety course and wear a helmet.

The bill is called "Chandlers law", after 16-year-old Chandler Saylor died in an ATV accident in 2003, at a friend's birthday party.

Since 1982, 128 people have died in ATV related accidents and 35 of those were under the age of 16.

A lot of injuries on ATV'S occur when the rider is either not wearing protective gear or rides on unmarked trails.

Right now, 44 states have ATV safety laws. According to the consumer product safety commission, each year an estimated 450 children are injured in ATV related accidents in South Carolina.

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