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Preventing ATV injuries

July 16, 2004

Thomasville -They're fun, they're fast, and if not operated correctly, they're fatal.

"It's not a respecter of persons," says Jerry Butler, part owner of Honda Power Sports in Thomasville. "It don't make a difference what education you got, what gender or anything else they're going to hurt you if you treat them incorrectly."

That's why classes on four wheeler safety will be held around South Georgia tomorrow, teaching children and parents how to be responsible on ATV's.

Butler says, "Anything that we can do to cause the parents to be more responsible, it's not necessarily the children. It's got to be the parents. Some adult has got to take some responsibility."

Just as you would not expect an adult to drive a child-size ATV, children under the age of 16 should never ride an ATV like this one that's intended for just adults."

Jerry Butler won't sell an ATV that is too large for the rider. "I don't care about making money if it's at the expense of somebody's life or injury," he says. "I mean, it doesn't make sense to me."

And he hopes that through the classes tomorrow, more lives will be saved, but just in case you can't make it, he has some words of wisdom. "Ride safe and ride smart and don't be stupid," he says.

The Thomasville class will be held at Honda Power Sports. Bainbridge Tractor, Valdosta Power equipment and Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki of Albany will also hold classes. All classes are free and begin at 10 AM.

posted at 4:57 PM by karen.collier@walb.com