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 April 19, we identified 87 ATV and ROV fatalities in 2015.

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.

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.

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


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Press Releases

ATVs on Public Roads