As a writer with the consumer and trade press in the ATV and motorcycle fields, I must respond to your article regarding ATV safety.
Any injury and every death is tragic, especially on an ATV, because of the high percentage of young people involved. Still, before anyone considers banning the product, thus depriving people of its recreational, agricultural and industrial uses, it's wise to define the problem.
I wrote an article about the situation, which was published in the July issue of Motorcycle Industry, the leading trade publication. In it I compared the numbers of deaths and injuries on ATVs with those of all registered motor vehicles. . . .
The Consumer Product Safety Commission investigating ATV safety noted that 174 deaths occurred in 1985 (again latest figures available) and estimated 85,900 injuries on approximately 2 million ATVs. My figures show the ATV ratio is one fatality per 11,494 ATVs, and one injury per 23.28. On a per-vehicle basis, nearly three people die in registered motor vehicles for every one who dies on an ATV. However, about twice as many ATV riders are injured per vehicle.