An all terrain vehicle safety bill is moving quickly through the legislature following the death of a 14-year-old in the Midlands.
Monday Governor Nikki Haley said she would sign the legislation if it reaches her desk.
The bill called, “Chandler’s Law” calls for ATV drivers and riders under the age of 16 to take a hands-on safety course, and they would also have to wear helmets and protective eyewear. Children under age 6 would be prohibited from operating the vehicles.
Senator Brad Hutto fast-tracked the bill through second reading in the Senate with a couple of amendments including on that “basically says that a minor child under the age of 16 but over the age of six who’s in direct visual supervision of their parent on private property doesn’t have to do this.”
The vote was just three days after 14-year-old Daniel Beckworth died when the ATV he was driving overturned and struck a tree along a dirt road near Irmo. His 16-year-old passenger was seriously injured and neither wore a helmet.