All-Terrain Vehicles: It is the policy of the Texas Medical Association that (1) operators of all-terrain vehicles in Texas be required to wear a helmet and to show proof of successful completion of a state-sponsored ATV operator and certification program; (2) an increase in the minimum age from 14 to 16 years be established for operators; (3) no passengers be allowed on single-seat ATVs; (4) owners of ATVs be required to hold at least $30,000 of health care benefits. The level of required benefits should be adjusted every four years for inflation; and (5) the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) be urged to strengthen injury data collection, analysis, and reporting in Texas and implement Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance when it comes to injury prevention and surveillance in Texas. TMA encourages more vigorous enforcement of laws pertaining to ATV operations (CM-R Rep. 2-A-04; amended CM-CAH Rep. 1-A-14).
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October 07, 2016