Senate Bill 379, if passed by the legislature, would bring sanity to the enforcement of laws regarding All Terrain Vehicles(ATVs). The bill would reform the current unwieldy board that deals with ATVs and would put enforcement and education under the Game and Fish Department. The board is dominated by sellers of ATVs who resist any common sense restraints on the use of these machines. That includes letting children drive them and subsequently slaughter themselves.
I think the bill should go further than its requirements that the department take care of law enforcement, education and training, information system development, trail building and the like.
I really feel that any parent who lets a child under 14 drive these vehicles should be found guilty of domestic violence or child abuse if the youngster is injured or killed on these dangerous machines. Everyday, emergency rooms around the country fill with maimed kids whose parents don't show the common sense of a bag of hammers. They allow their kids to climb on these ATVs to tear up fragile lands, vacant lots in cities, watersheds, riparian areas and trails. (This is bad enough when the adults who should know better do it.)
ATVs can be useful when used by ranchers and other people who need to get around our lands responsibly.