Coroner backs tougher ATV laws

TUPELO — Lee County Coroner Carolyn Gillentine-Green says her work with people involved in all-terrain vehicle accidents has led her to back tougher laws for people who use ATVs.

Gillentine-Green has seen several ATV accidents result in deaths over the past year.

State Rep. Dannie Reed of Ackerman is planning to refile a bill in the upcoming session to require safety practices and encourage safety education.

A similar bill died in the last legislative session.

Reed’s proposed bill would require drivers of all-terrain vehicles on public roads or public land to wear a crash helmet. It also would set a minimum-age requirement. The number of riders allowed on a vehicle also would be limited.

The Associated Press