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Park owner talks ATV safety

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State Trooper advise people to get trained in ATV safety, not to let children on adult sized ATV's, and no to ride in tandem. State Trooper advise people to get trained in ATV safety, not to let children on adult sized ATV's, and no to ride in tandem.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

If you want to ride at Stoney Lonesome OHV Park in Cullman County, you've got to wear a helmet, but when it comes to Alabama law, there's no such rule on the books.

For Mary Paden, Stoney Lonesome's manager, wearing a helmet doesn't need to be law, it just needs to be common sense. "We've seen some people that have rolled maybe and no injuries, but their helmet, you could tell. Well, if they hadn't had that helmet on, they would've been injured," she said.

In Bullock County, an 8-year-old boy was killed when the four wheeler he was driving in his backyard flipped and fell on top of him. Thursday in Lauderdale County, a woman was killed when she fell off the back of the ATV she was riding on and was hit by an SUV.

Just two of the dozens of ATV related deaths in Alabama in the past decade, and with warmer weather on the way, more people are bound to be out on their ATV's. Authorities said this is the time of year when they see the most accidents.

There are actually only two ATV laws in Alabama: You can't drive on roads, and you can't drive on sand dunes or beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. State Trooper advise people to get trained in ATV safety, not to let children on adult sized ATV's, and no to ride in tandem.

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