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ATV Death On Lake George

An ice fisherman from Vermont died on Lake George Tuesday morning after his 4-wheeled ATV broke through the ice. State police say the 72-year-old from Rutland, who hasn't been identified, planned to go ice fishing. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
James Anderson a month before his death (Source: C. Anderson)
James Anderson a month before his death (Source: C. Anderson)

Adult ATVs "Deadly" for Young Riders

The popularity of 4-wheeled all-terrain vehicles continues to grow. Nationwide sales in 2005 were expected to top nine hundred thousand machines. Here in the north country, ATV riding has surged in popularity, despite a shortage of safe, legal riding trails. A Federal agency now says 4-wheeler crashes are causing too many deaths and serious injuries, especially among children. Ten kids die every month in America while riding adult-sized ATVs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering new rules designed to keep kids from riding full-powered machines. Leading consumer advocates and health groups hope to see an outright ban on the sale of adult ATVs for use by children. But as Brian Mann reports, the industry says that kind of prohibition would be impossible to enforce.  Go to full article
Carolyn Anderson (Source: C. Anderson)
Carolyn Anderson (Source: C. Anderson)

A Child, a 4-Wheeler and a Deadly Accident

There's a national debate underway over the best ways to prevent children from riding adult-sized ATVs. All sides agree on one thing. Kids under the age of sixteen should never ride full-powered 4-wheelers. After her son James died in 2004 Carolyn Anderson began working to educate parents about the dangers of the sport. She launched a website and began working with safety advocates around the country. Carolyn's commentary about her family's experience was produced by Brian Mann.  Go to full article

ATV Deaths, Injuries Trigger Federal Rules Probe

A Federal agency says all-terrain vehicles are causing too many deaths and serious injuries in the U.S. The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a report this month that found more than 136,000 serious injuries in 2004 alone. New York state ranks in the top five for ATV accidents. Safety experts say children account for nearly a third of the deaths and injuries on 4-wheelers. As Brian Mann reports, critics say manufacturers need to improve safety guidelines and keep kids from riding adult-sized machines.  Go to full article

DEC Truck Crashes on Vandalized Bridge in Disputed Champion Lands

State officials are investigating the vandalism of two bridges in the Champion Easement lands near Santa Clara in the northern Adirondacks. One of the bridges collapsed earlier this month, causing a state Environmental Conservation dump truck to roll into the St. Regis River. The driver of the truck wasn't injured. As Brian Mann reports, the Champion lands are still controversial, five years after the state signed one of the biggest conservation deals in New York's history.  Go to full article

DEC Plans First "ATV Road" In Adirondack Park

State officials say they hope to build a 12-mile ATV trail in Franklin county. The route would be the first of its kind inside the Adirondack Park. The road would connect the Blue Mountain Road to Rt. 458 in Franklin County. 4-wheeler advocates say they hope the backcountry trail will be the first leg of a regional recreation system. As Brian Mann reports, environmentalists worry that parts of the road will cross state forest land.  Go to full article

Bush Administration Considers New ATV Safety Regs

A top Federal regulator is considering more government safety restrictions on all-terrain vehicles. The move comes at a time when the north country has seen a rash of 4-wheeler deaths and injuries. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

ATVs, Freedom & Controversy: A Talk With Judy Wendt

In the North Country, the debate over motorized recreation - ATVs, snowmobiles, motorboats and jetskis - has hardened. The issue marks a bitter dividing line between environmentalists and riders who want more access to wild lands. ATV use has grown dramatically, but this spring state officials unveiled a draft plan that would effectively ban the machines on New York's forest preserve. 4-wheel clubs and local government groups are fighting back. They're better-organized and more vocal than ever before. At heated public hearings held by the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation, ATV and snowmobile fans far outnumbered their opponents. One of the leaders of the motor sport movement is Judy Wendt. Wendt grew up in Star Lake and lives now south of Potsdam. She represents the Adirondack Citizens Council, the Black River-St. Lawrence Resource Conservation and Development Council and the New York State Off Road Vehicle Association. Wendt sat down with Brian Mann to talk about the future of motorized recreation and the cultural divide that's formed over the machines.  Go to full article

APA Hears Opposition To "Primitive" Tag for State Land

The Adirondack Park Agency held a public hearing in Saranac Lake on Friday to discuss management of state forests in Franklin County.  Go to full article

ATV Trail Would Link Four Counties

An ATV trail network is in the planning stages in St. Lawrence County. County lawmaker Alex MacKinnon made the announcement at last night's meeting in Colton. He said an ATV trail will run from the Jefferson and Lewis County borders across to Franklin County.  Go to full article

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