All-Terrain Vehicles in Mississippi: Policy Options for Saving Lives

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

The use of all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s) is very popular in Mississippi, but the vehicles are associated with considerable risk of injury or death, particular for children and youth.  Mississippians are 3.5 times more likely to die from ATV accidents than persons in other states.

Policy Options for Saving Lives

The Center for Mississippi Health Policy recently examined the impact of ATV use in Mississippi. Three key findings emerged:

  • the risk of injury or death is significant for Mississippians of all ages,
  • children under sixteen are at increasingly high risk for injury and death, and
  • states with ATV safety legislation have substantially lower death rates than states with no ATV safety legislation.

Details are provided in an Issue Brief along with a review of policy options other states have enacted to effectively save lives. To download a copy of the Issue Brief, click HERE.