Politics & Government

Sanford vetoes ATV safety bill

Gov. Mark Sanford on Thursday vetoed legislation that would set age limits for the operation of all-terrain vehicles and require children 15 and younger to take a safety course before driving the vehicles.

The bill (S.348) is similar to one that passed last year and also was vetoed by Sanford. The Legislature upheld the veto last year, but backers of the bill think the veto will be overturned this time because they worked out problems legislators had with last year’s legislation.

In his veto message, Sanford said safety training should be left up to parents, not mandated by the state. He also spoke out against the cost of training on families and the difficulty in enforcing the regulations.