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princess

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How many more kids are going to get killed on a atv before the law makes it a crime to let a child under the age of 16 or whatever it is ride on an ATV. I have only lived in douglas for a few years and it seems like two or three kids get killed a year here. Where i lived pior to here the cops would stop you if you were caught on the road whether dirt or hard. I didnt hear of any kids getting killed ever. I think coffee county has lost to many young lives from this.
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How many more kids are going to get killed on a atv before the law makes it a crime to let a child under the age of 16 or whatever it is ride on an ATV. I have only lived in douglas for a few years and it seems like two or three kids get killed a year here. Where i lived pior to here the cops would stop you if you were caught on the road whether dirt or hard. I didnt hear of any kids getting killed ever. I think coffee county has lost to many young lives from this.
I agree, when i am out there on the road and see kids on the road without any safety gear , I report it, not trying to get them in trouble but maybe help save them from serious injury or worse-- death, Problem is when the law gets there they are usually gone. This problem can be stopped but it has to be stopped at home by the parents. Believe me it is a very serious problem when a 3.000 lb car running 55 mph strikes a 4 wheeler. please stay off roads with these machines, pleny of woods and fields to ride in. Very -very dangerous Jack
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I agree with you Jack. My son started riding a mini 90cc four wheeler on his 5th birthday and now rides a larger 250cc four wheeler at the age of 12. He also rides dirt bikes and has even raced. Off road riding of any kind is inherently dangerous however, if your children are taught how to respect the ATVs or dirtbikes and the proper way to ride them the risk is greatly lowered. Proper safety gear is a must. I find it odd that a parent is willing to spend $5000.00 to $10,000.00 on an ATV but cant spent a couple hundred dollars on proper protective gear. This is a cheap price to pay in repect to high medical bills or even a funeral. My children and any other children within my supervision are not allowed to ride on any highway (road) as defined by the State and are required to wear helmet and safety gear even in the back yard. I don't have to make them WEAR IT because they know if they don't, I will WEAR THEIR butts up.
Bottom line is.... Proper Parenting and education will not prevent all accidents but it will reduce the number of occurences. AND if you keep them off the highway (road) where they are not supposed to be any way; They won't die on the highway.
SAFETY STARTS WITH A RESPONSIBLE ADULT.

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I see not to many are touching this subject. It's touchy for alot, because what I have witnessed n noticed is that 4 wheelers n dirt bikes n such have become like playstations, n computers. A babysitter to most. A real bad babysitter. Might as well not even have one.

Mine ride them in the yard n feild with proper safety gear where i can see them, which does not make me worry any less.

There father has started them riding at a young age also, but i flat out can not stand them on them. The keys get taken away very often. Infact i have had the keys for several months now and they have been parked. They may remain that way, i have almost decided to do away with all atv's.
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I don't see a problem with 4 wheelers if you know what you are doing and have the proper equipment on. It is very sad. I couldn't imagine my child getting hurt or dying from my lack of suporvison. I don't think I would ever forgive myself.

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Amen 2 that, thats why i worry so much about them...
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at best this is child neglect, at its worse it is child abuse. parents or supervising adults should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. there is no other place in the country where this kind of crap is tolerated more than in this county. the huge tragedy that occurred here 5 or 6 years ago was a wake up call. what came of that. absolutely nothing. 5 children died and what did our county officials do. absolutely nothing. what is the body count now? has anybody added up the lives of children lost since? does anybody care? no, they care about the votes they might lose in the next election if they move to restrict someone's "inalienable" right to expose their own child to danger. yes some people are responsible and introduce their kids to this activity with the proper training, equipment, and riding environment. its the too stupid to parent crowd that needs a lesson in the consequences of neglect and abuse of their own children. fines and jail time is a small price to pay when you think about the ultimate price of this kind of irresponsibility.
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Steven Garret McVeigh, age 14, of Douglas GA passed away on Friday, March 27, 2009 at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah , GA. Mr. McVeigh, a native of Laurens County, Georgia, was born March 31, 1994; he is the son of the late Larry Steven McVeigh. He was a student at the 9th Grade Academy in Coffee County School System. Survivors include: Mother, Lovie Elaine Caldwell & Step-Father, Patrick Caldwell, McRae GA, Step-sisters, Sheyanne Caldwell, Symone Caldwell, Saige Caldwell & Storm Caldwell, McRae GA, Half-sister, April Rogers, Eastman GA, Grandparents, Tommie & Kenny Strickland, Douglas GA & Marilyn Caldwell, McRae GA. Funeral services will be held 4:00 PM, Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at Southview Church of God with Burial in the Satilla Gardens Cemetery. Sims Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The real issue here is a mother lost her only child! Do you cruel people think this isn't punishment enough? I don't care if you are the best parent in the world. Nothing can keep your child from harms way at ALL times. Accidents happen and sometimes when God is ready to call his children home a fatality occurs. Should we keep everyone out of cars because the statistics for car wrecks far surpass that of 4-wheeler accidents.
Everyone on here is cruel and heartless!!
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I have worked these terrible accidents as a nurse both here and in Savannah, noting can replace a child and I truely feel for the parents, but they have to step up to the plate and understand that an ATV is ment to be used by adults not CHILDREN under the age of 16. It doesnt matter how strick the laws are we have parent who ignore these laws and want to send you or I to jail because we hit there child on a 4 wheeler when the child should not have been on the 4 wheeler to start with. Be it my child or your child it is wrong when parents dont make the correct choices for there children and they choose to let them ride anyway. We had the worse ATV accident in the USA in good OLE COFFEE COUNTY and children lost there lives when parent knew better than to let these children ride in the first place, they ignored the laws. Laws are made but every day we break them. Parents lets get together, keep your children off these dangerous machines.
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losing your child is the ultimate price to pay, i agree. what we are asking for here is for the law to be upheld. if enough people get the maximum fine for their child riding on the street or without a helmet then maybe, just maybe, people will start obeying the law. the possibility of some adult thinking twice and some child's life being saved is the point here "imamothertoo'. so are you saying we are heartless and cruel because we are wanting to prevent future tragedies? if so u are an imbecile. the real issue here is not that a mother lost a child. the real issue is that a child lost his life, and that every measure possible should be taken to prevent this from happening in the future. yes i am sorry for the parent that loses a child for any reason. no one is casting blame at any parent that has undergone this most horrible of circumstance. for those who have it is too late. we just want to hopefully prevent another child and parent from suffering the same fate.
Dovie -Garrets Aunt

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I agree with those of you who say that safety equipment should be required and laws should be enforced but for those perfect parents out there who have never put there kids in danger I would love for you to walk a mile in my sisters shoes.FYI My sister was the most protective parent that i have ever met. She loved Garret more than life and would have given her life for his anyday. Her only downfall was trying to give Garret a happy childhood and doing anything to make him happy.My sister went through Hell on earth for twelve days in Savannah . I saw her begging god pleading for Garrets life with her guts on the floor and her hell is not over! Lovie will be the first person to promote any law to protect children on 4 wheelers but how dare you people pass judgement! Make sure your porch is nice and clean before you throw stones or you just might make a mistake one day that costs your child its life and then you will feel her pain!
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Completely Agree Dovie, Plz tell Lovie my thoughts and prayers are with her. It's easy for us all to Judge when we are on the outside looking in. I have said before there is not book that comes with this precious children and we are all human!
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Concerned Nurse-if you worked the "big one" here in Coffee County, you'd also know the driver of the vehicle was double the legal limit drunk at the time of the accident. Now, before you all jump off---YES, ATV laws should be enforced, no child (in my opinion) should be allowed to ride one and it's way past time something is done about it here.

Plenty of blame to go around, but some parents of kids in that accident were only guilty of allowing their child to go to a birthday party, to a home where they knew & trusted the family. Of course, some didn't know about the ATV, nor would have allowed their child(ren) to ride like that had they been there. THAT gets FORGOTTEN TOO OFTEN!

There's no excuse for DUI, period. If the driver had been a male, especially a black or hispanic man, I PROMISE YOU THEY'D STILL BE IN PRISON RIGHT NOW AND FOR A VERY LONG TIME!! Think about it! While, I hate this tragic thing happened to the children, their families and the driver and her family, let's be honest with ourselves:

Should who does a crime change the punishment in any way?

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check out laws introduced in General assembly and foolish legislators not letting the bills become law.

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Yes Dovie I also agree. As my comment on this subject was that it has taught me a lesson and brought me more aware of the dangers also. I 2 feel i am a good parent, however sometimes we give in for the childs happiness.

All good parents want there children 2 b happy and safe. We all think it will never happen 2 on of ours. I am deeply saddened for this child and family.

However it has made me stop and think twice about the things i give in 2 to please my children. Because it can happen 2 anyone or anyones child. If his death had 2 prove that 2 me, the lord took the sweet child for a reason. Although i could only imagine how hard it would b to accept that.

Thoughts n prayers with you and family always.
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Dovie -Garrets Aunt wrote:
I agree with those of you who say that safety equipment should be required and laws should be enforced but for those perfect parents out there who have never put there kids in danger I would love for you to walk a mile in my sisters shoes.FYI My sister was the most protective parent that i have ever met. She loved Garret more than life and would have given her life for his anyday. Her only downfall was trying to give Garret a happy childhood and doing anything to make him happy.My sister went through Hell on earth for twelve days in Savannah . I saw her begging god pleading for Garrets life with her guts on the floor and her hell is not over! Lovie will be the first person to promote any law to protect children on 4 wheelers but how dare you people pass judgement! Make sure your porch is nice and clean before you throw stones or you just might make a mistake one day that costs your child its life and then you will feel her pain!
DOVIE? WTF
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HUH wrote:
<quoted text>DOVIE? WTF
HUH? WTF!
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Jun 20, 2009
 
Does anyone know the law for those dang golfcarts?
Now that it's summer my neighbor's kids are hauling ass on theirs hourly.
They drive it as hard/fast as they can in their own yard, taking corners so quickly little ones fall off. Then they get bored with that and come out on the road, I've had to brake several times to avoid them.
Thank goodness they messed up their ATV, cos that's what they used to ride, three at a time, no helmets.
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Jun 20, 2009
 
Driver has to have valid drivers lic. Cart has to have front and back lights. Fine over $100.00.
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Flowery Branch, GA

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Jun 21, 2009
 
deptuy sherriff in our area said you need to have the big orange triangle sign on the back if you ride on the public roads.

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