ATVs are More Dangerous on Roads

In spite of warnings from manufacturers, federal agencies, and consumer and safety advocates
that all terrain vehicles (ATVs) are unsafe on roadways, for several years an increasing number of
states have passed laws allowing ATVs on public roads, and additional states and counties are currently considering such laws. The majority of ATV deaths take place on these roads and action is needed to reverse this dangerous trend.

In response to this problem, CFA has brought together a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries caused by All-Terrain Vehicles.

As part of our efforts to reverse the trend toward increased ATV use on roads, our coalition works together to educate the public and decision makers about the dangers of allowing ATVs on roads.



Map of States that Permit ATV Use on Public Roads

ATV Report Cover

Download Full Chart of State laws


  • CFA Report: This report analyzes the law regarding ATV use on roads in 50 states and the District of Columbia and shows a trend toward states legalizing, and implicitly endorsing, ATV use on roads.  CFA calls for immediate action at the municipal, county, state, and federal level to prohibit ATVs on roadways.
  • IIHS Report:  IIHS analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, which has data about on-road ATV-related deaths.  IIHS found that during the period 2007-2011, there were 1,701 ATV rider deaths in on-road crashes.


By tracking news reports, coalition members compile an ongoing spreadsheet of ATV fatalities.  As of August 31, we identified 357 ATV and ROV fatalities in 2015.

Review our 2015 ATV and ROV fatalities by:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Person
  • Helmet Usage
  • Road type
  • Crash type
  • Month
  • Model of ROV
  • State

Review our 2014 spreadsheet on 528 ATV and ROV fatalities

Because not all ATV and ROV related deaths are reported in the newspaper and not all papers are online, this count is an underestimate.  In addition, because newspapers frequently identify all off-road vehicles as ATVS, some ROVs may be classified as ATVs in the data.

  • In its Federal Register notice, CPSC said it identified 335 ROV-related deaths from January 1, 2003 through April 5, 2013.
  • From April 6, 2013 through December 31, 2013, CFA and partners identified 30 ROV-related deaths.
  • From Jan 1, 2014 through Dec 31, 2014, CFA and partners identified 72 ROV-related deaths.
  • From Jan 1, 2015 through June 10, 2015, CFA and partners identified 24 ROV-related deaths.
  • from April 6, 2013 through June 10, 2015, there have been at least 126 ROV-related deaths.

Coalition Members

Coalition Letters

Our coalition members have signed onto letters opposing proposed ordinances, laws and polices that would endanger the public by increasing recreational ATV access to roads.

Colorado General Assembly 2/24/2015
Mesa Colorado Board of County Commissioners 10/14/14

Tippecanoe County Indiana County Commissioners 4/17/14
Tippecanoe County Commissioners 6/12/15

Kossuth County Board of Supervisors 5/1/14
Sac County Iowa Board of Supervisors 5/1/14
Clayton County Iowa Board of Supervisors, 04/01/2015
Iowa Independence City Council, 04/16/2015
Belmond City Council 5/29/15
City of Swisher 6/8/15

Girard Kansas City Council 8/28/14
Garden City Kansas City Commission 1/21/15

Millinocket Maine Town Council 8/20/14

Redwood County Board 6/8/15
Le Sueur County Board of Commissioners 7/22/15

Elko County Nevada County Commissioners 5/1/14

New Mexico
New Mexico House Transportation and Public Works Committee, 03/26/2015

New York
New York State Assembly A04971-A Ways and Means Committee 6/19/14
Brasher Town Board 5/29/15
New York Senate 6/12/15

North Dakota
Jamestown City Council 7/8/15

Oklahoma Senate Public Safety Committee 5/1/14

Oregon House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development 2/24/2015

Hampton Township Pennsylvania Council 10/6/14

Tennessee General Assembly 1/21/15

Governor of Utah, 03/26/2015

Mount Holly Vermont Select Board 5/1/14
Mount Holly Vermont Select Board, 04/08/2015

Kittias County Washington County Commissioners 5/1/14
Supervisor Mike Balboni Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest 5/1/14
Kittias County Washington County Commissioners 5/1/14
Supervisor Mike Balboni Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest 5/1/14
Okanogan County Washington County Commissioners 5/12/14
Clallum County Washington Board of County Commissioners 5/14/14
Benton County Board of County Commissioners 5/20/14
Omak City Washington City Council 5/27/14
Asotin County Washington County Commission 6/13/14
Supervisor Laura Jo West Colville National Forest 7/7/14
Winthrop Washington Town Council 8/20/14
Washington Acting Forest Supervisor, 03/26/2015
Forks City Council 5/29/15
Okanogan County Board of Commissioners 6/19/15
Dayton City Council 7/22/15

Salem Wisconsin Town Board 5/1/14
Eagle River Wisconsin City Council 9/11/14
Pepin Township Wisconsin Board 8/20/14
Wisconsin Price County Board of Supervisors, 03/26/2015.
Crystal Lake Wisconsin Town Board 11/12/14

Our coalition members have also signed onto letters supporting proposals to ban ATVs on roads.


  • Bridget Huber, Despite High Death Toll, Push is On to Open More Public Roads to ATVs, Fair Warning, 3/10/14.
  • Bridget Huber, Consumer Advocates Urge Banning ATVs from Roadways, Citing Crash Hazards, Fair Warning, 3/14/14.
  • James Hanseen, Van Dyken-Rouen Injury Tragic Reminder of ATV Dangers, NCSL Blog, 6/24/14.
  • Lisa Rathke, Groton Rejects ATV Use on Some Roads, 03/03/2015.
  • Nate Fluharty, Counsil Approves Ordinance to Eliminate ATV Riding in Moundsville, 03/03/2015.
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