LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A year ago, a law was passed here in Indiana that requires anyone under 18 to wear a helmet on all off-road vehicles. Since then, no one under the age of 18 has died in an ORV accident. The law includes dirtbikes, four wheelers and modern ATVs like side by sides. Children are also required to wear helmets on off-road vehicles with seatbelts.
According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, in 2016, 23 deaths resulted from ORV accidents and of those 23 deaths, seven were children under the age of 18.
DNR Captain Bill Brown says there are still accidents, but they aren't as severe as in the past.
"It protects those traumas and those lifelong changes that take away the kid's personality and all of those things, I guess I can say it as good as a surgeon said to me...I can fix your broken bone but I can't fix your broken brain," said Brown.
Browne says the department has seen a lot of progress with this law over the past year and he has even noticed more adults wearing helmets as well.