A law will take effect in North Carolina beginning October 1, 2011 that permits adult drivers of ATVs to choose whether or not they want to wear a helmet or goggles with operating their vehicle off-road.
Adults will still be compelled to sport eyewear and headgear while driving an ATV on a public street. The law does not allow kids or their parents to make the same choice that adults are now free to make. Children must wear eyewear and helmets at all times, no exceptions.
One of Governor Perdue’s spokespeople said that she did not sign the bill into law because though she could see the freedom of choice argument in support of the bill, she was concerned about the safety issues the bill could create.
Considering recent ATV accidents, Governor Perdue’s concerns are not unfounded. ATV and motorcycle accidents are frequently the cause of property damage, personal injury and death. People who choose to ride ATVs and motorcycles should take every precaution to protect themselves, law or no law!