All Florida children under the age of 16 must take a course in order to legally ride an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle). The purpose of the law is to educate children about the safe operation of ATVs. In turn, this training hopefully will reduce serious Florida child personal injuries sustained in ATV crashes and incidents. The new law also applies to dirt bikes as well. In 2006, there were 550 deaths caused by ATV accidents nationwide. You can read more about the law and comments on the same at State requires more all-terrain training to stem injury, death.
All owners and operators of ATVs should follow safety procedures especially when children are involved. Children do not have the strength, balance, or judgment of adults. Helmets should be worn, speed should be safe, and the terrain should be checked out at a slow speed on the initial run.