Miss. House to consider ATV safety bill for youth

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House will soon consider a bill requiring all-terrain vehicle riders under 16 to meet certain safety requirements when riding on public lands.

The House Transportation Committee approved the Senate bill Tuesday, along with an amendment to extend the requirements to passengers. The House must act on the bill by March 9.

The bill would require young people to take a safety course before riding on public lands. Lynn Evans, a lobbyist for pediatricians, says Mississippi’s death rate for ATV riders under 16 is significantly higher than the national rate

The committee rejected an amendment by Republican Rep. Toby Barker of Hattiesburg, to allow ATV users to fulfill the education requirement by watching a video at the dealership.

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The bill is Senate Bill 2196.