Group Asking Renville Co to Reconsider Opening Roads to ATV Use 24 Feb 14

An informal coalition working to prevent All Terrain Vehicle injuries is asking the Renville County board of commissioners to re-consider a proposal to open all of the county’s roads to the vehicles for recreational use.

 “It’s a life and death issue,’’ said Dr. Gerene Denning, director of emergency medical research at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

The West Central Tribune reports she’s warning that Renville County is likely to see an increase in fatal accidents and injuries if it opens its roads to recreational use by ATVs. The group does not oppose their operation on roads for work-related uses.

The comments were in responds to news that the county is looking to adopt an ordinance that would allow ATVs, mini-trucks, utility task vehicles, and motorized golf carts access to all county roads if they obtain a county-issued permit.

Denning said the risk of death is 100 to 1,000 times higher for an ATV than for an automobile per mile driven on roadways.