The mother of an Indiana girl who died in an all-terrain vehicle crash has started a nonprofit foundation in partnership with state lawmakers to draft a helmet law and mandatory safety education for children who ride ATVs.
The Indianapolis Star reported that Ashlee Bruggenschmidt's 11-year-old daughter Kate wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Capt. Bill Browne said a large portion of ATV accidents are due to improper safety precautions. The bill would require children under age 16 or 18 to wear helmets. Opponents to such legislation argue that safety gear inhibit motion.
Last year Indiana had 16 fatalities linked to riding ATVS and nearly 250 accidents, according to the Department of Natural Resources’ law enforcement division. As of June 9 of this year, there had been six fatal accidents statewide and 77 accidents, officials said.