ATVs on public roads must stop

Dear editor:

ATVs on public roads must stop.

Arkansas ATV Law:

• Owners of ATVs are required to register it with the Director of Finance and Administration to prove ownership (Ark. Code Ann. 27-20-201, 202);

• No special equipment or safety inspection is required to own or operate an ATV (Ark. Code Ann. 27-20-203);

• It is unlawful to operate ATVs upon public streets and highways, unless it is being used in farming and such traveling is necessary to get from one field to another, or if the ATV needs to cross the public street directly to get from one lawful operating area to another (Ark. Code Ann. 27-21-106);

• A person 12 or older, or a person 11 or under with the supervision of an adult 18 or older may operate an ATV (Ark. Code Ann. 27-21-107(a));

• The ATV must be operated at a reasonable speed in accordance with the surrounding circumstances and must operate with headlights at dusk and dark (Ark Code Ann. § 27-21-107(b)).

Here are some closing thoughts (according to 2016 data):

• More than 300 people a year are killed in ATV-related accidents on public roadways.  

• Since the early 1990s, annual ATV-related deaths on public roads have increased nearly threefold.  

• Health journal Injury Prevention found that accidents on public roads account for more than 60 percent of all ATV-related deaths, with the majority occurring on paved surfaces.

• Many of those injured or killed are children. Federal statistics indicate nearly a third of fatal crash victims are under the age of 18.

• Alcohol also plays a prominent role in fatal crashes, with 39 percent of operators involved under the influence.

• The vast majority of people killed while riding ATVs also weren’t wearing helmets.

 - D.C. Miller


Pricetag for city animals ‘outrageous’  

Dear editor:

This may be the most controversial letter of 2019, but my mission is not to make lots of friends, but to jostle people’s thinking in new directions. My primary target audience is nominal Christians, those who claim to follow Christ, but in fact are much more influenced in their thinking by cultural norms rather than by what the Bible teaches.

I don’t believe the Bible ever mentions pets, and all mention of dogs seem to be negative (2 Peter 2:22, Is 56:10, 2 Kings 9:36). I like dogs and cats, but there is something very wrong with a society that has pet supermarkets and spends billions on pets while approving the murder of millions of unborn humans created in God’s image.

Is it really humane to spend millions on animal shelter and rescue operations like Turpentine Creek while there are millions of refugees worldwide barely getting by or starving?  

I think a good animal control system would be for every pet to have a locked-on neck chain with a rabies tag and the owner’s telephone number. Harmless, friendly wanderers should be ignored, but problem biters or garbage scatterers should be picked up, owners notified and fined, and after two days, disposed of humanely.

For Huntsville to pay the shelter $200 for each dog picked up is outrageous.

Your problem with my outlook is purely cultural, not Biblical – not a solid basis for Christian thinking. Try to think unemotionally on all this.

- John Thayer


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