Coroner Backs Tougher ATV Laws

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Gillentine-Green says her work with people involved in all-terrain vehicle accidents has led her to back tougher laws for people who use ATVs.

Last year, Gillentine-Green pronounced 20-year-old Crystal Hooper and Hooper's 5-year-old cousin dead after an ATV accident.

State Rep. Dannie Reed of Ackerman is planning to refile a bill in the upcoming session to require safety practices and encourage safety education. A similar bill died in the last legislative session.

Reed's proposed bill would require drivers of all-terrain vehicles on public roads or public land to wear a crash helmet. It also would set a minimum-age requirement. The number of riders allowed on a vehicle also would be limited.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM
    ATVs are dangerous even when driven by an experienced adult driver. People just don't realize what could happen until it happens. It is terrible to hear about the Cooper kids and the 23 month old, my heart goes out to you. I am just curious as to who you think should answer for it? You wish even more pain on your son/daughter? I am sure they are suffering. The families have already lost these precious children, sounds like they have answered enough. God bless them.
  • by amanda house Location: plantersville on Apr 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM
    you might not be able to fix stupid but you can lock them up my 23 month old grandson was put on one with three other kids allowed to ride on the road he is dead and noone has to answer for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 04:22 PM in reply to amanda house
      You are right ,you nor your husband can be fixed for you both are soooo HEARTLESS!
  • by John Location: Meridian on Dec 21, 2009 at 08:34 PM
    Of course these laws can't be strictly enforced. There will always be bone-heads that think they are too good a rider to get hurt, but if 1/10th or even 1% of those that would not normally wear a helmet did so because of a new law then it is beneficial....that's one less crushed skull. The law would apply to public land (as stated in the article). This law would be similar to life jacket laws in boats.....yes, they are hard to enforce and of course, some people will never wear them, but some people do (and with life jackets a few don't drown every year because of it).
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    you can not fix stupid law or no law... the government needs to stay out of it
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2009 at 04:05 PM
    And how will these laws be enforced, pray tell? Most ATVs are ridden on private property, in the backwoods and such. Is the Highway Patrol going to be given authority to patrol ATV trails now? Anyone?!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM
    oh boy you cant control people being stupid with laws.... and what laws are on the books few are enforce... here is a fact fine put more laws on the books but what do you do when they are stupid and are killed fine the corps.... have how many laws now driving car, motor cycles, boats, and bicycles and really how good are they doesn't stop people wanting to pay stupid tax
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    ATV crash patients were some of the most horrific cases that we would see at UMC in Jackson, especially when they were children. They were often much worse than any car crash. Unfortunately, a statement we often heard was: "He usually wears a helmet, but...." or "He is really a very experienced rider."
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