ATV Safety Summit: State Legislation: Effecting Change - Sean's Law (State of Massachusetts)
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Katie and Mark Kearney, founders of the Sean Kearney Memorial Foundation, presented this at CPSC's ATV Safety Summit Oct. 11, 2012. We did not know the dangers of ATV’s especially to children. We ...
Katie and Mark Kearney, founders of the Sean Kearney Memorial Foundation, presented this at CPSC's ATV Safety Summit Oct. 11, 2012. We did not know the dangers of ATV’s especially to children. We did not know that children were being critically injured and killed each year from riding ATV’s. We did not know it was illegal for a child under the age 10 to ride an ATV in Massachusetts. October 27, 2006 our eight-year-old son Sean died from a traumatic brain injury after falling off an ATV while at a friend’s house. After his death we researched how many children are hurt and killed each year on ATV’s. We were angry by the numbers and needed to make a change. We contacted state legislators, doctors, law enforcement, and safety groups to advocate for change. We worked for tougher guidelines, age restrictions, training, and penalties. July 31, 2010 Massachusetts’s legislators passed “ Sean’s Law”, the toughest OHV law in the nation with an age restriction of 14. Awareness of the law is so important. Working with the Environmental police to develop safety materials and reaching adults and children. We would like to explain and share the materials we using to promote awareness.
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