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ATV to the Rescue


The remnants of Hurricane Irene dumped as much as eleven inches of rain on parts of Vermont, prompting the Obama Administration to declare a state of emergency after the flooding caused numerous deaths and the destruction of roads and bridges in the state.

ATV use on public lands has been a long issue of contention amongst Vermonters in recent years. The governor plans to ban quad use on state property. Environmentalists fear damage and erosion to Vermont’s forests from ATV tires, but in the aftermath of Irene, ATVs have been lifesaving. Transporting food and supplies across washed out roads would have been impossible without ATV’s. One woman was emergency-transported by ATV:

In Killington, a woman who went into respiratory distress was safely transported part of the way to Rutland Regional Medical Center by ATV.  Authorities say one ambulance brought her to the end of a washed-out bridge and she had to transfer to an ATV to cover the rough terrain left by Sunday's flood. A second ambulance took her the rest of the way to the hospital.

ATV’s may be considered recreational vehicles by the general public, but perhaps the situation in Vermont will lead to a change of heart and more informative discussion between riders and their political opponents before any bans are implemented.

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