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7/13/2012 10:00:00 PM
Letter: Photo brings up ATV safety issues

EDITOR:

On Saturday, June 16, I opened the newspaper and saw a disturbing photograph. The article, "Arizona nonprofit saves pets left behind in foreclosure," featured a photo of two people taking some dogs for a run in the desert. While I applaud the efforts of these folks for saving the pets, the manner in which they go about exercising them is cause for concern. While they appear to be having a great time, what they are doing is very dangerous and perhaps illegal.

I am a member of the Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Ambassador Program. This program provides a means for private citizens to work with a variety of federal, state, and local land managers and public safety officials in our state to promote responsible recreation use in Arizona by modeling appropriate OHV safety and behavior. The photo with this article does just the opposite!

Unless an ATV is designed by the manufacturer to safely ride two passengers, it is a very poor decision to ride in the manner we see in this photo. If one of the dogs were to run in front of the vehicle, a very serious accident would most likely occur. In addition, neither of the riders is wearing any personal protective equipment. While not required by Arizona statute for those of us over 18 years of age, helmets, eye protection, gloves and protective clothing should be worn while riding.

My concern is that young people seeing this article will get the idea that this style of riding is acceptable. The possible consequences (steep fines and very serious injury) are not worth taking the chance.

Tom Brennen

Prescott Valley


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 16, 2012
Article comment by: @ I. M. Betterthanyou

Not sure why you dismiss laws as "trivia", but I was "correct!" :P Why do you feel compelled to oversee my comments? Are you a not-so-covert member of the nanny state? LOL

Let's try this again...

TITLE 36--Parks, Forests, and Public Property

CHAPTER II--FOREST SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

§ 261.16 Developed recreation sites.
(j) Bringing in or possessing an animal, other than a service animal, unless it is crated, caged, or upon a leash not longer than six feet, or otherwise under physical restrictive control.

§ 261.8 Fish and wildlife.
(d) Possessing a dog not on a leash or otherwise confined.

"Yavapai County also has a leash law. Dogs must be tethered on a 6 foot leash at all times except when they are in a vehicle or confined to private property, except when on state lands, or BLM or National Forest land, at which time the laws of those entities apply. (See above.) The only exceptions are for search dogs and hunting dogs when performing these tasks."

From the executive director of the Yavapai Humane Society, regarding the City of Prescott's leash ordinance: "It shall be unlawful for a dog to be at large. ... A dog is not deemed at large provided said dog is restrained by a leash ... not more than 6 feet."

From a hiker who proudly chooses to flaunt Prescott-area leash laws: "Important note about hiking with dogs: Leash laws apply just about everywhere and are clearly posted, but after awhile you get a sense of which trails enforce that and which are OK with well-behaved furry friends off leash. That said, Prescott has recently ramped up their enforcement and are using surveillance to spot violators. DO NOT allow your dog off leash at Willow Lake or Watson Lake, or you may encounter an unsympathetic deputy and receive a criminal citation and a hefty fine."



Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: I. M. Betterthanyou

"Not walking dogs on leashes that are a maximum of six feet in length is illegal, even on public land"

Don't know where you got that piece of trivia, but it is incorrect!

But, from your comment, you are just another of the overseers from the nanny state.


Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: Why do

so many many people confuse "not illegal" with being unsafe and stupid?

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: Van Krunk

Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Ambassador Program?????? Who???

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: Perhaps Not Illegal, But Arguably Selfish

Not walking dogs on leashes that are a maximum of six feet in length is illegal, even on public land.

Now if humans choose to forego safety equipment and are seriously injured, they endure the consequences. Unfortunately, any resultant medical care they receive spikes the insurance rates of those in their risk pool, assuming they're privately insured, or contributes to the public's healthcare burden if they are not.

Not illegal, perhaps, but arguably selfish and akin to motorcycle riders who just say no to helmets because they love, love, love the feeling of breeze blowing through their hair.

I say buy a blow dryer, and stop exposing others to the expense of long term care necessitated by your preventable, debilitating brain injury.

And, yes, the same applies to other risky behaviors.







Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2012
Article comment by: can't say I saw it

I do not remember seeing the picture, but I sure hope these people were wearing enough sunscreen. If not they need to be reprimanded using a very stern voice.

Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2012
Article comment by: Button Square Pants

Although the manufacturer suggest that you not ride with more than one person on any ATV, it is NOT illegal to do so.

I don't see it as disturbing in any way that two people are going for a ride on an ATV, just another example of how people forget that they need to must mind their own business.


Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2012
Article comment by: I. M. Betterthanyou

I am a member of the Arizona We Are Better Suited to Run Your Life Ambassador Program. This program provides a means for private citizens to work with a variety of federal, state, and local officials in our state to promote responsible citizenship in Arizona by modeling appropriate behavior (because we know you aren’t smart enough to).

Unless you are as smart, good looking and superior in every way as I am, you should refrain from doing anything unless being advised by someone like myself.

My concern is that young people, not being as smart, good looking and superior in every way as I am will believe that living their own lives is acceptable. The possible consequences are not worth taking the chance, so please listen to the people who know what is best for you!


Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2012
Article comment by: Save us from the self appointed

Tom: perhaps you would share with us exactly what they were doing that is illegal? Or, are you just blowing a lot of hot air?



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