Motorized Recreational Vehicles

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recommends that family physicians become familiar with the potential dangers associated with the use of motorized recreational vehicles (including mini-bikes, all terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and personal watercraft) and be aware of state laws related to age restrictions. Family physicians should be able to advise patients about their safe use, including information about appropriateness based on physical and emotional development, recognizing that some states legally allow children under 12 years to operate vehicles that place them at risk for injury or death. The AAFP also supports laws establishing speed limits, separation of motorized recreational vehicles from non-motorized vehicles and prohibiting the operation of such vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering drugs. (1973) (2019 COD)