THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — I witnessed a man, with a broken right arm, operating an adult-sized ATV, using his left hand to operate the throttle (located on the right side) carrying 3 kids, likely all under 6 years old.
This occurred on August 23, 2012, 3 miles south of Winchester Bay, at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (Umpqua area) on the Oregon coast. The vehicles in this party include two Ford pickups, Oregon license plates numbers 289 FTE and personalized plate that reads: “ZFUNT.”
Oregon state law says that no child under 16 is to ride an ATV without a helmet, a state-issued hands-on training certificate and no child under 7 may ride an ATV, period.
Oregon adopted these aggressive rules to curtail the runaway ATV-related death and injuries rate of children and adults — particularly kids under 16. Most Oregonians are now required to take an exam and carry a certification before riding an ATV in a public area. Clearly this man did not take the exam or is flaunting the law because the rules clearly and repeatedly pointed out the extreme danger for kids at ATV staging areas and camping grounds — the very place this person was riding around recklessly with these kids.
I cringed when I saw this, but was quick enough to take photos, albeit from a distance. I’m still disturbed by this a day later – never mind the obvious danger of the operator losing control throwing the kids onto the pavement — in my mind, I picture the girl slipping forward, foot caught in the ATV tire then yanked down and bashing her head on the footpeg – potentially another stupid and needless ATV death. Do we need to report these people?
Your thoughts? If you’re a law enforcement officer or a social worker for children, I’d especially like to hear from you and know your thoughts on the matter.
I’m thinking the jurisdiction here includes the Oregon State Police - 503-378-3055, firstname.lastname@example.org ; Douglas County Sheriff – 541-440-4450; and Oregon State Human Services, Child Protection – (503) 681-6917.
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