A traffic accident involving an all terrain vehicle and a motor vehicle on East Courtableau road east of Port Barre left two juveniles injured Wednesday evening.
Captain Megan Vizena stated, "At approximately 6:17p.m., on July 24, 2013, the St. Landry 911 Communication Center received a call regarding a traffic accident on East Courtableau road east of Port Barre involving a motor vehicle and a 4-wheeler.
Deputies quickly responded to the accident where it was learned that both the operator and the passenger of the 4 wheeler were 15 year old juveniles.
Witnesses stated the ATV entered the roadway from the north directly in the path of a motor vehicle traveling west on Courtableau road." Vizena said, "Safety helmets were not being worn by the juveniles at the time of the crash.
Both victims were transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. The driver of the motor vehicle was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the crash. "
"It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were obtained and results are pending," Vizena added.
Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said, "Louisiana law requires that the atv operator have a valid Class "E" driver's license. ATVs are not allowed on a roadway unless it is registered as a vehicle engaged in the business of actual farming.
The Sheriff's office wants to remind atv operators about the importance of wearing a helmet when riding. Appropriate helmets can help to reduce injuries sustained to riders in the event of a crash. Information about Louisiana State Law regarding atv operation on public roadways can be found at http://legis.la.gov/lss/lss.asp?doc=88237.