Friday, August 19, 2005

Whose Responsibility is it?

I was trying to get a little cracka nourishment this morning, watching CBS's The Early Show. If you are not familiar with the show, it follows the morning non-news, semi-talk show, cookie-cutter format with Com Symp Harry Smith and three of the ditziest women to ever make it to broadcast journalism, Hanna Storm, Julie Chen and Rene Syler.

Anyhow, in between segments on Saint Cindy and doggie liposuction they had a politically charged "human interest" story about, of all things, ATVs.

Now mind you, this cracka doesn't own or drive an ATV, but I found the crux of the argument to be quite ludicrous.

The parents insist the industry needs a wakeup call, reports consumer correspondent Susan Koeppen on The Early Show. Too many kids, they say, are being injured and killed on ATVs. This summer, more than 40 have died while using them.

Ok, putting aside the fact that 40 kids of the entire child population of the U.S. is a fraction of a percent, who's really responsible here? The manufacturer who builds a quality product, provides classes on the responsible use of the product, or the parents who let their kids buzz around at 40 mph on a four wheeled motor cycle? C'mon people, it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to realize that putting a 70 lb kid on 5,000 lbs of screaming motor bike is not a good idea.

Twelve-year-old Alex had been riding an ATV in the woods. When the vehicle tipped, Alex was trapped underneath. The vehicle weighed as much as 5,000 pounds, Keezer says.

Naturally, the only reasonable response to this epidemic of tragedy is to have the federal government step in, right.

In May, the group went to Washington, D.C., to lobby the CPSC and congress for stricter safety standards. They want a federal ban on the sale of adult-size ATVs for use by children younger than 16.

And who is letting the under 16 crowd buy and ride these things? I don't know about you, but when I was twelve I didn't have the money to run out and buy an ATV. What is needed is for these parents to exercise some common sense. "Gee, little Billy can hardly get his legs around that monstrous mass of horse power, maybe he shouldn't go riding it through the woods."