Louisiana

Louisiana

Recent Legislative Action

2008

SB743: Requires coroner to report all deaths of children under 16 from ORV accidents (6/30/08: Signed into Law)

2007

HB747: Requires riders under 16 to wear helmets and complete a safety training course (6/13/07: Failed in the House on tie vote)

Community Voices Demand Action in Louisiana

Louisianans are increasingly voicing their concerns about a growing contingent of reckless riders who break the law, damage public and private land, injure themselves and others, and ruin hunting, fishing and hiking experiences for the rest of us. 

  • "Tragic deaths in Southwest Louisiana this year point to safety issues regarding all-terrain vehicles. At least one state legislator, Rep. Clara Baudoin, D-Carencro, wants to address those issues. Her House Bill 747, filed during the spring 2007 Legislative session, would have required helmets and other protective gear, training and adult supervision for all ATV operators under the age of 16...The Legislature should revisit Baudoin's proposed legislation especially the provision that holds parents responsible for the safe use of the vehicles by their minor children and this time approve it." -- American Press Editorial Board, "All-terrain vehicles need stricter rules", American Press (9/13/08)
  • "After the levee failures in Hurricane Katrina, every metro area resident ought to understand the importance of caring for and maintaining flood protection levees...Unfortunately, the illegal dumping is not the only example of individual residents neglecting levees after Katrina. Since that storm, officials and residents in parts of Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes have complained about people riding all-terrain vehicles on levees. The off-road vehicles can cut deep ruts into earthen levees and eventually cause problems that could lead to serious flood risks. The riders of those vehicles -- just like those residents now dumping debris and trash on the levees -- did not stop to think how their actions could hurt them and others protected by the levees. Officials and other residents protected by those levees should not tolerate such selfish attitudes." -- Times-Picayune Editorial Board, "Not just the government's job", Times-Picayune (9/11/08)
  • "They are great and a lot of fun... But you have to be careful. If not, you can get seriously hurt." -- Gina Clanton, Four-wheeling enthusiast and mother, "ATV safety stressed: Riders reminded after several area accidents", The Town Talk (6/16/08)
  • "That's why it is so important to have close adult supervision, because children often don't have the same common sense as an adult and can't comprehend the danger... They don't understand that 30 mph is too fast to be riding in a field full of ant hills and pot holes." -- Scott Moreau, Louisiana State Police Public Information Officer Trooper, "ATV safety stressed: Riders reminded after several area accidents", The Town Talk (6/16/08)
  • "The Kisatchie National Forest is a wonderful place to visit...However, I have seen tremendous soil damage, erosion of creek banks, reduction in water quality and destruction of forest vegetation. This unsightly damage was caused by misuse of off-road vehicles." -- Gretta Boley, Kisatchie National Forest Supervisor, "New rules restrict ATVs in Kisatchie", Daily Town Talk (7/16/08)

Recent ORV-Related Media Coverage



Drive on to cut ATV injuries, deaths

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Written by Associated Press   
Monday, October 26, 2009

BATON ROUGE (AP) — It wasn't too long ago when Karen Ahmad answered a telephone call that changed her life, at least her professional life.

As an intensive care nurse at the Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital, Ahmad said she'd seen more than her share of pain in children, but, she said, there was more than alarm on the other end of the line.

Read more... [Drive on to cut ATV injuries, deaths]
 

ATV-related injuries continue to rise, about 150,000 accidents occur yearly

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Written by The Daily Reveille   
Friday, April 24, 2009
Leslie Presnall

Three years ago, Roger Queen was riding an all-terrain vehicle on a curvy mountain road in North Carolina when he lost control and fell over the ledge. He landed on his feet nearly 60 feet below the road, crushing his spinal cord and shattering his spine.

Queen, a Lafayette resident, was paralyzed that summer day and spent 20 more days in the hospital.

“I’m now a paraplegic due to ATV accidents,” he said. “I barely survived.”

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Targeting ATV trespassing

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Written by The Daily Iberian   
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Steve Wilson

The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office is cracking down on people who ride all-terrain vehicles and trespass on parish residents’ private farms and property.

Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal announced Tuesday the formation of a task force that will help farmers in minimizing the damage to crops and equipment from illegal ATV use and other vandalism on their property. Ackal said this issue was raised during his campaign for sheriff.

“One farmer complained to me that his barn burned down with about $40,000 worth of equipment in it,” Ackal said. “That, coupled with many other complaints of vandalism on tractors, is the reason for the task force. There’s no rhyme or reason why people would do that.”

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Kisatchie National Forest closed to off-road vehicles

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Written by The Opelousas Daily World   
Sunday, June 15, 2008

Overuse and misuse of Kisatchie National Forest land, a popular hunting and recreational area, has caused the U.S. Forest Service to close the forest to off-road vehicles.

"This decision essentially eliminates large game retrieval and cross-country travel by motorized vehicles," said Forest Supervisor Gretta Boley.

Read more... [Kisatchie National Forest closed to off-road vehicles]
 


State by State Momentum

Community Voices

"As long as people stay on existing trails, then it's OK... You can drive cars and motorcycles on the roads, but you can't take vehicles into the desert -- and people ignore it pretty regularly."

-- Mickey Quillman, BLM chief of resources, "Two ways of life collide in Wonder Valley", Los Angeles Times (1/5/10)