(02/27/2002)
The House Judiciary Committee of the WV Legislature endorsed a "little bitty bill" over safe use of ATV's, according to Delegate Jody Smirl-R of Cabel.

Delegate Richard Thompson-D of Wayne voted against the bill stating the penalties were unclear, but he also voted against the earlier version because it had too many restrictions.

The bill, which might move ahead, requires children under 18 to wear helmets, no riding on roads with a "white line," but does allow farmers in the course of their activities to ride on any paved road.

The legislature has attempted to pass an ATV safety bill for several years, but failed. Local law enforcement officers have been unable to decide what laws are enforceable, with many ATV users around the state driving the vehicles on main highways and into towns.


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