The Off Road Vehicles Law Slashing Child Injury Rates

Restricting the use of off road vehicles like this buggy reduced child injuries by 41 percent, according to a study.
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The study found inpatient hospital discharges reduced by 41 percent in 0-17-year-olds after implementation of the 2010 off road vehicles restrictions.


A 2010 Massachusetts law to restrict the use of off road vehicles by children and teens resulted in significant declines in serious injuries, according to a study in the October 2017 Pediatrics.

The study, “Age Legislation and Off Road Vehicle Injuries in Children,” to be published online Sept. 11, performed a retrospective analysis of emergency department and hospital discharges between 2002 and 2013 in Massachusetts.

Researchers compared injuries among children before and after the state passed a law in 2010 known as “Sean’s Law,” in honor of 8-year-old Sean Kearney who died when an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was riding overturned on him.

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