Death of 14-year-old rider triggers examination of Connecticut ATV laws

Publish Date: 
Apr 30, 2012

The death of a 14-year-old in an April ATV accident has prompted a Connecticut legislator to look into adding regulations for younger riders.

"Do we have enough laws on the books to protect people?" state Rep. Stephen Dargan, D-West Haven, asked the Hartford Courant, acknowledging it is too late in this session to introduce legislation this year.

Dargan said he will talk to other legislators and people at the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

Christopher Bard died April 22 after the ATV he was riding hit a closed gate in Wolcott. He and his uncle, Ronald Markeveys, had started riding about 9:30 p.m. They stopped to fish and left for home shortly before 1:30 a.m. It had started raining heavily before the accident.

There were 41 ATV-related deaths in Connecticut from 1982 to 2010, according to ATVSafety.gov. Seven children under 16 died in ATV accidents in Connecticut from 1982 to 2006, the agency states.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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