South Carolina Trying to Crack Down on Young ATV Riders

Lucas Cooney
by Lucas Cooney
Bill would make it illegal for child to operate adult ATV

South Carolina is trying to make it illegal for parents to allow a child to operate an adult-sized ATV.

According to the, a South Carolina House Agricultural Subcommittee is trying to beef up legislation to make stricter laws regarding children operating ATVs.

“The new bill makes it illegal for a parent or legal guardian to let a child operate a recreational off-highway vehicle that is in violation of the manufacturer warning label,” says in a report. “It also says ATV passengers must wear eye protection, a helmet and seatbelt.”

We assume lawmakers are talking about using seatbelts in a UTV rather than an ATV. But the bottom line is that if you let your young child operate an ATV which a manufacturer recommends for riders 16 years old and older, you will be in violation of the law if the bill is approved.


Lucas Cooney
Lucas Cooney

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