Bill would allow ATVs on Iowa roads
Thursday, February 06, 2014 10:43 AM
A proposed state law would allow ATVs on Iowa roadways despite a recent study finding two-thirds of all fatal ATVs crashes occur on public and private roads, the Des Moines Register reported.
The newspaper cited the study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety which states 1,701 ATV riders died in crashes on public roads in the U.S., including 26 in Iowa, between 2007 and 2011.
“Although many ATVs can reach highway speeds, their low-pressure tires are not designed for paved surfaces. In addition, many models are apt to roll over,” the study concludes.
A vast majority of the ATV riders killed were 16 and over, only 13 were wearing helmets and 42 percent were legally drunk, according to the IIHS study.
“Undeterred by the findings” is state representative Brian Moore, whose bill would open to ATVs paved and gravel roads to throughout Iowa, the newspaper reported. The bill passed in the House on a 75-22 vote last year. Moore said the bill could pass in the Senate in the 2014 session that opened January 13.
Most ATVs are used for fishing, hunting and on farms. Moore said his bill would allow ATVs to be used for transportation within communities and boost tourism statewide.