New ATV law goes into effect Friday in SC

Parents,lawmakers and child safety advocates are sending a powerful message about ATV safety in South Carolina.

/ WACH Fox News, Columbia, SC

Inez Tenenbaum, the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, was joined by lawmakers and citizens Thursday morning to praise the passage of a new ATV safety law that goes into effect July 1.

The law, called Chandler's Law, was signed into law in May by Governor Nikki Haley.

The new law prohibits parents from allowing children under the age of 6 to operate an ATV and from allowing children younger than 16 to carry passengers.

Children 15 and younger are required to wear a helmet and eye protection while riding on ATVs.

To read the specifics on the law, click here.

"Chandler's Law" is named for a Swansea 11-year-old who was killed in an ATV accident in 2003.

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