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Call for tough ATV laws

Doctors and public health officials in New Mexico have warned about the dangers of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and called for laws ranging from mandatory ATV training to an outright ban on kids driving the machines. In New Mexico, ATVs are largely unregulated. Children of any age can legally drive ATVs built for adults and are not required to wear helmets or eye protection. A child helmet law, eye protection law, and passenger limit law are on the books in New Mexico—but they apply only to motorcycles and to three wheeler ATVs, which have been out of production for well over a decade. The ATV industry itself supports mandatory ATV safety training for all drivers, a mandatory helmet law, and age restrictions that would keep children off adult sized ATVs (contributed by Les Fisher; from the Albuquerque Journal, July 2003).

Flying underpants cause crash

Reuters report that a pair of flying underpants caused a crash on a German highway when they landed on a driver’s face and blocked his view, police said Tuesday. A police spokesman in the central town of Gotha said one of a group of naked men in a van threw the underwear into a Volkswagen Passat as they passed it on a busy stretch of one of Germany’s notoriously speedy autobahns. “The underpants landed on the driver’s face, causing him to ram the truck ahead from behind”, said the spokesman, adding that he did not know why the men were driving along naked. No one was hurt in the crash, but police are hunting the owner of the underpants for failing to stop at the scene (contributed by Ian Scott; from the CNN Europe website).

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