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NL Tops Rates For Minors Injured On ATVs, Snowmobiles.


July 25th, 2018

Child and youth hospitalization rates due to ATV and snowmobile use in Newfoundland and Labrador are among the highest in the country.

Child and youth hospitalization rates due to ATV and snowmobile use in Newfoundland and Labrador are among the highest in the country.

That’s according to a joint position paper issued by the NL Injury Prevention Coalition, the Public Health Association and Safety NL.

From 2004 to 2013, the number of children or young people sent to hospital through ATV use in Newfoundland and Labrador was 13.6 per 100,000 population – 7.6 for snowmobiles.

Only Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Territories surpassed those figures.

The joint paper says that young people in Newfoundland and Labrador are not allowed to drive cars until they reach 16 years of age, but current provincial regulations allow them to drive a “600 pound machine that can travel at speeds of over 140 km/h on a ridged, iced-over lake or bumpy wooded path without supervision, as long as they don’t cross a road”.

In Atlantic Canada, child and youth injury hospitalizations due to ATV use increased by 1.8 per cent annually over a 10 year period. The 1-4 year old age group experienced a 3.4 per cent increase annually, while the 10-14 year old age group experienced an increase of 1.1 per cent annually.

Newfoundland and Labrador had the highest rate of ATV-related injuries of all the Atlantic provinces. The numbers are higher for the most northerly region of the province.

The position paper says in 2010, ATV and snowmobile related injuries cost the province a total of $12-million. It recommends that age restrictions of 16 and older be placed on ATV and snowmobile use, and that helmet and protective gear and safety training be mandatory.

You can read the report here.




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Posted on July 25th, 2018