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(Stoke Sentinel)   Four-year-old caught riding quad bike on pavement   ( divider line
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10463 clicks; posted to Main » on 26 Jun 2004 at 10:35 AM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2004-06-26 10:38:19 AM  
If he had crashed into me I would have known about it.

I would certainly hope so.
2004-06-26 10:40:55 AM  
What's a "quad bike"?
2004-06-26 10:43:04 AM  
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2004-06-26 10:43:48 AM  
quad = 4
bi = 2

2004-06-26 10:44:14 AM  
Ah. See, my confusion stems from the "bi" in "bike" which is short for "bicycle".
2004-06-26 10:47:08 AM  
Well you know, "parenting makes you more responsible."

What's a four year old need his own miniature 4-wheeler for? I mean, aren't they several hundred dollars? The most expensive toy I ever got was the Spider-Man helicopter and that was like, forty bucks.
2004-06-26 10:54:28 AM  
2004-06-26 10:55:53 AM  
English Motherfarker, do you speak it?

I was 5 before I got my own minibike. I didn't ride on the streets until I was 8 or 9 though.

A kid down the street had an alcoholic mother and an awesome go-kart. He'd drive that thing all over the place, right in traffic like a car. RIP Marty.
2004-06-26 11:00:33 AM  
Who gives a shiat?
2004-06-26 11:05:45 AM  
He should have been thrown to the ground and hit in the
head with a flashlight.
2004-06-26 11:08:46 AM  
Mini-Quads can be very small. I think my four year old cousin could handle one easily if given the chance.
2004-06-26 11:11:26 AM  
He should be at least 21 years old before being allowed to ride a miniquad ... Oh the horror.

supose all the criminals are in jail and the bobbies have declared a "Fark with kids week"
2004-06-26 11:11:34 AM  
Mini-Quads can be very small. I think my four year old cousin could handle one easily if given the chance.

But, he could hurt himself or others! He could be sued. Think of the children.

Actually, to not be facetious, I think that this case sounds like a bad idea. A four year-old on a mini-quad is ok, but the parents obviously weren't around (talking about him pushing it back himself). 9 or 10, sure you can let them ride around alone, with limits. At 4 you should be watching him on anything that goes faster than a walk.
2004-06-26 11:13:49 AM  
Ozzy Ozbourne unavailable for comment.
2004-06-26 11:15:39 AM  
Just this week a mother with 9 year old daughter in the back "lost control", hit and knocked over a chain link fence and then hit my coworkers house. The brick house stopped the ATV. The driver hit the bricks (and front window) with her head, narrowly avoiding life ending lacerations, but did get a skull fracture and concussion. The daughter hit the window as well, but was treated and released. This was at night and they had been driving down the road. Alcohol was not thought to be involved.
The "husband" was not allowed to see the "wife" or daughter due to a restraining order, to add excitement to the scene. Imagine that happening while you are sitting in your bedroom watching a movie...
2004-06-26 11:22:33 AM  
young mr kneivel will fight the charges in court
2004-06-26 11:25:26 AM  
Bet his parents never taught him to fear and respect the escalator, either.
2004-06-26 11:29:58 AM  
Did anyone else miss the 'pedal-powered' part?
2004-06-26 11:29:59 AM  
A quad bike is a four wheeler.

What's the big deal? Around here, during the winter, kids are always driving snowmobiles. When I was four I had a little Kiddy Kat, sure my parents supervised, but I would ride all over the place. People need to grow some balls, and just shut the hell up.
2004-06-26 11:31:16 AM  
Living in Kentucky, I actually read this headline once and could not figure out what the big deal was.
Then I re-read it and realized he was 4.

/just got up at 11:30 a.m.
/Eating KFC & Diet Coke for breakfast
2004-06-26 11:34:57 AM  
England has 4-year olds riding Four-Wheelers?! Even Kentucky doesn't have that...
...Or do we?
2004-06-26 11:44:09 AM  
Did you hear that? A BLITZ of illegal biking! 10 whole bikers were issued citations! What is the world coming to?

I blame rap music.
2004-06-26 11:50:15 AM  
I think it's important to go ahead and put them on a quad bike early, before they can have kids of their own. Those dying on their ATV's after they've reproduced do nothing to help out the gene pool.
2004-06-26 11:57:06 AM  
"I was 5 before I got my own minibike. I didn't ride on the streets until I was 8 or 9 though.

A kid down the street had an alcoholic mother and an awesome go-kart. He'd drive that thing all over the place, right in traffic like a car. RIP Marty."

Is that a true story, or an excerpt from a movie or something?
2004-06-26 12:03:08 PM  
Who cares? Talk about sensationalizing a story.
2004-06-26 12:12:21 PM  
I think the point is that a four-year-old shouldn't be running around unsupervised ANYWHERE, let alone on a quadrunner.

My sister-in-law's six-year-old nephew got into an accident on his minibike last summer. His father found him when he "went out looking for him when I didn't hear the bike for an hour or so." Dumbass.
2004-06-26 12:12:54 PM  
This is scarry? If you're a blue haired gramma, mabey. My nephew started riding those things when he was about four. Lots of kids do. Head on down to a cycle dealer, and check out the itty bitty motor bikes and quads you can get.

My kids would have one, if I wasn't broke all the time.
2004-06-26 12:38:08 PM  


2004-06-26 12:40:34 PM  
What's...uh...the big deal? When my daughter was 5, I bought her a 4-wheeler. A Honda Fourtrax 70cc ATV. She does the same thing. Drives it around the property (3.5 acres), and occasionally on the dead-end gravel road we live on, or our neighbor's paved driveways. Important rules to remember:
1. We're all going to die someday.
2. Wearing a helmet, drinking lots of water, wearing sunscreen, and staying indoors will not change rule 1.
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2004-06-26 12:52:56 PM  
Also, just FYI, Honda will not sell an ATV to anyone under the age of 12. So, we bought this one used. The smallest ATV Honda ever made is the 70cc, and the last year they made it was 1987. This is an '86. Oh...and she has her own rifle, and she's a pretty good shot, so don't cut her off if you see her on the highway. (Just some friendly advice.)
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2004-06-26 02:25:20 PM  
ATVs like this have 3 legitimate uses...and none of them involve children younger than 12. And dukwbutter you're either going to find yourself in court or a hospital. For your daughter's sake I hope it's the former.
2004-06-26 02:35:12 PM  
ha. we must have solved all the worlds problems if we're worried about a 4 year old riding a 4-wheeler. Are we really so safety oriented that we want to take the fun out of childhood?

Didn't you guys ride mini-bikes and 4-wheelers when you were kids? What did you guys do just play nintendo?
2004-06-26 02:37:43 PM  
What she's doing isn't illegal. (Don't you hate living in a free society?) Don't you wish we were in Russia or Cuba where you have to ask the authorities for permission before you do anything? Your fear of living will not keep you from dying. You are a small and timid person, jkmartin.
2004-06-26 03:06:27 PM  
In other news: Three-year-old picked up for riding tricycle. Five-year-old 5-wheeler suspect still at large.

/numbers conspiracy from watching Pi too many times
2004-06-26 03:31:28 PM  
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everyone had one where I come from... well not just the little ones. We graduated up in CCs and craziness as we got older and stuff :)
2004-06-26 03:37:35 PM  
yeah, as soon as I got her one, I decided I needed one.

It's better to die standing up, than to live on your knees.
2004-06-26 04:48:56 PM  
dukwbutter has no regard for the safety of his daughter.
2004-06-26 04:50:21 PM  
So what? I was riding motorcycles at four years old and I'm perfectly f.....

So what? I was riding motorcycles at four years old.


What was the question?
2004-06-26 06:09:14 PM  
The injury rates for use of quad bikes are phenominal. Bless Darwin!
2004-06-26 06:38:00 PM  
"Ylikone" is not capable of rational thought. In the united states, 50,000 people a year die in car crashes. Globally, 5,000 people die every day in car crashes. Anyone that would transport their child in an automobile has no regard for the safety of their child. Thousands of children drown every year in swimming pools. Anyone that has a swimming pool has no regard for the safety of children. Ban Pools. Ban Cars. Put seatbelts on motorcycles and make people wear helmets indoors. You will die one day, Ylikone. Every coward does. Your fear will not save you.
2004-06-26 07:01:25 PM  
To all those giving "dukwbutter" parenting advice:

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2004-06-26 08:17:53 PM  
dukwbutter is still at fault if his daughter gets into an accident. I have no problem with her riding it on her own land, but as soon as she pulls off your land onto public roads, she should be pulled over and ticketed. I live in the country and see these things all the time, even in the middle of town. Last week a 13 y/o boy was killed in a neighboring town, hit by a car as he ran through a stop sign, maybe now the parents will think about what thier kids are doing on them. Keep them on private property or out in the woods and no one will have any problems.
2004-06-26 08:41:53 PM  
Ya know the weirdest part about the age restrictions on quads? For one, if a parent comes into a dealership with his kids and any one of them is under the age specified by the manufacturer the salesman might not sell it because the dealership might loose their agreements with the manufactures because those underage kids might have access to the ATV. Now, look at some of the ATV nagazines out there, dirtwheels for example. It seems like everytime they do an article about kids quads or gear they have children younger then 12 doing the testing. And yet, the manufacturers advertise heavily in these magazines.

For those of you so concerned about the age limits on ATV's, consider dirtbikes, those have no age restrictions.
2004-06-26 11:13:34 PM  
dukwbutter is the kind of parent I despise. let your damn kids do whatever they please, then they go and hurt themselves, oh no, look out law suit coming!

Mad-Man, I do focus on my own damn family... and it never hurts to tell other parents what dicks they are.
2004-06-27 12:00:36 AM  
And the parents were where in all of this?

Maybe a parental screening test/s should be enacted.
2004-06-27 12:14:06 AM  
Ylikone, I'm not sure what makes you think I'm some sort of litigation nut. I've never filed suit against anyone in my life, nor do I intend to. In your opinion, when should my daughter be able to drive an ATV? At age 12? 18? 25? Never? Please let me know when you. I'm staying up all night worrying about what you think.

And Funky Monkey, as far as parental screening tests, I think it's fascinating that you know what is right for all people. Maybe you should run for dictator of the U.S. or possibly you could create a handbook on how to raise children. How unfortunate that you're impotent and sterile, and unable to have kids of your own.
2004-06-27 03:15:53 AM  
dukwbutter - I'm glad to see you have her with the safty gear. My Mom forced my brother and I to wear helmets on our go-kart and we never understood why. At least til I flipped the kart on a frozen cow pie and my brother didn't jump off. It would have scared the crap out of me watching the kart slide down the pasture on my brother's head if he wasn't wearing the helmet.

Looks like she is learning to respect the machine.
2004-06-27 03:35:16 AM  
As long as you teach your kids responsibility...
2004-06-27 03:01:21 PM  
Roger that. I'm all about safety. I haven't taught her about 2nd gear yet, and won't for some time. Also, I always ride on the back with her at the beginning and make her practice emergency stops. As in "STOP.STOP.STOP." and then, she has to get on the brakes immediately, when she wasn't expecting too. I think it will help her in a panic situation. Also, I suspect that teaching individuals to drive at a young age, will make them better drivers when they're 15-25, at that high-risk age.
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