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New Law To Require Minors To Wear Helmets While Operating Or Riding ATVs
Updated April 28, 2017 6:51 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Governor Eric Holcomb signed a bill this week requiring those under 18-years-old to wear a helmet while riding or operating an off-road vehicle, such as an ATV.

The bill is designed to help raise awareness in Indiana about the precautions kids need to take when enjoying off-road vehicles.

The new law will go in to effect July 1st.

Over the last five years, 1,285 ATV-related injuries have occurred in Indiana. Unfortunately, fatalities are on the rise, according to Indiana's Department of Natural Resources.

In 2016, there were 22 deaths resulting from off-road vehicle accidents. Of those 22, only three were wearing helmets. That number is up from 16 the year before and 13 in 2014. Currently, Indiana's state parks and facilities require ATV riders, regardless of age, to wear helmets. That requirement, however, does not extend to private property.

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