Dave Matthews Band’s loss doubly tragic, since death didn’t have to happen

Another ATV accident. Another tragedy. This time it took the life of LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, who was seriously injured while riding an all terrain vehicle on his Virginia farm in June.

It’s bad enough that an average of more than 40,000 Americans die each year on roads and highways while simply trying to get from Point A to Point B. Transportation is necessary — vital. But ATVs are basically recreational vehicles designed for thrill rides or joy jaunts. And ATVs are extremely dangerous.

My heart goes out to Moore, his family and his friends. I just wish that more people would learn from his mistake. ATVs are involved in 700 deaths and 135,000 injuries — many of them serious, such as paralysis or lost limbs — each year. Racing up a muddy hill or bouncing over rocks is hardly worth the trade-off for any such risk.

Again, Moore’s death is a tragedy. But part of that tragedy is that it didn’t have to happen.

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