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(117,635 posts)
1. On the dirt roads to our cottage the local kids used to drive those 4 wheelers
Mon Aug 28, 2023, 07:23 AM
Aug 2023

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pretty fast. No helmet. Two or three people on each bike. Worrisome.


(13,231 posts)
2. It seems like we have someone killed in this part of Idaho every year. Those things are
Mon Aug 28, 2023, 07:36 AM
Aug 2023

everywhere out in the woods and a lot of riders are drinking.

In the small resort party towns, they can drink and drive those things at will. The yokel sheriffs won't mess with them.


(13,231 posts)
5. Just now. A 53 yearl old Elk River, ID woman was killed rolling over her side
Wed Aug 30, 2023, 01:21 PM
Aug 2023

by side ATV. The guy riding with her was LifeFlighted with life threatening injuries, so it might be two.


(21,072 posts)
3. Out here in the Indiana country side just about
Mon Aug 28, 2023, 07:44 AM
Aug 2023

everyone has one. I never felt the need for one. I have an old 2000 Buick century to run around the neighborhood. I also use my John Deere utility tractor.

ms liberty

(8,394 posts)
4. There was a teenager killed on one down the road about 10 years ago now
Mon Aug 28, 2023, 07:48 AM
Aug 2023

And about 2 years ago another teen almost got killed less than a quarter mile from the previous tragedy. She went from being a bright young woman in high school to being brain damaged and wheelchair bound forever.

Oopsie Daisy

(1,988 posts)
7. Same here. I don't understand the attraction/fascination with ATV or Quads.
Wed Aug 30, 2023, 01:29 PM
Aug 2023

Is it really THAT fun to go deaf while blasting one's way through mud or trying to climb a dangerous incline? I have family members who enjoy such activities. The ones who do aren't very well educated and Trumpers.


(32,784 posts)
9. It is fun. Lots of dangerous things are fun.
Wed Aug 30, 2023, 01:35 PM
Aug 2023

In cities, you see youths racing about on electric scooters sans helmet. I know that's fun, but I know I'm too old to fall down at speed.



(4,616 posts)
12. Awesome
Wed Aug 30, 2023, 01:57 PM
Aug 2023

Stereo type you tossed out there! n"I have family members who enjoy such activities. The ones who do aren't very well educated and Trumpers." And to answer your question, yes, it REALLY IS that fun.

Oopsie Daisy

(1,988 posts)
13. No, I'm just being honest about my backwoods relatives.
Wed Aug 30, 2023, 02:12 PM
Aug 2023

A mouthful of mud and losing one's life or limb doesn't sound like much fun to me. But, to each their own, I suppose.


(15,799 posts)
11. Same
Wed Aug 30, 2023, 01:39 PM
Aug 2023

I saw so many of them in use when we drove out the NE entrance of Yellowstone recently. There were entire families riding in those. No helmets.


(8,708 posts)
8. Albert Lin is what put me off ATVs
Wed Aug 30, 2023, 01:31 PM
Aug 2023

Handsome guy in a lot of National Geographic specials searching for lost civilizations using LiDAR and other satellite tools. A bunch of them on Disney+. The first thing you'll notice is he's traipsing through jungles and rough terrain with an artificial leg. That is some serious determination and perseverance. Even with prosthetic technology, it's still not easy to do what he does and power through the pain.

I caught him in an interview where he discussed how he lost his leg. It had to be amputated after an accident where his ATV flipped over. As he described the accident and injury, I was like "Newp newp newp . . ."

Now he runs around like a one-legged Indiana Jones. It's seriously impressive.

Sky Jewels

(6,676 posts)
14. A lot of people get spine/brain injuries and become paralyzed from ATV accidents.
Wed Aug 30, 2023, 02:23 PM
Aug 2023

Being paralyzed is one of my top three fears. I would never get on one of those things.

For years in my youth I was really into horses, but then completely lost my nerve when I realized how unpredictable horses are (I had an easily spooked horse) and how I had a not small chance of breaking my neck in a fall. (I broke my arm in a fall when I was 12, but I had a kid's sense of immortality at that point.) ... My fear of being paralyzed made me give up riding.

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