Where can go-karts, ATVs, and electronic cars be driven?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knox County Sheriff's Office is still searching for the person who hit two children riding in a go-kart on Babs Road in South Knox County this weekend. Luckily, the children received only minor injuries.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the go-kart shouldn't have been on the road in the first place.

"Even though you can get them up to a higher speed, they're not designed for roadway use. They're designed for off-road or something like that. Can't have them on the roadway," said Sergeant Randall Martin, with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

As for ATVs:

"Those are usually used for like farming, something like that. Most people usually use them for like hunting or just around the house. Now, you can parallel a roadway and you can cross a roadway at a 90 degree angle, as long as it's a two-lane , not a four-lane highway, but you can't have them on the road," said Martin.

Electronic cars are another popular present for kids. Like go-karts, they're not allowed on the road at all. Martin said even though they don't go fast, parents need to pay close attention when their children are using them.

"I think they always need to be supervised and ride it in the appropriate places. Like, she just rode it in the yard or in the driveway, never on the streets," said Teresa Bowman, who was shopping for Christmas presents at Target.

"You have to keep an eye on them when they're out in the yard and close to roads," said Fernanda Chavez, another parent shopping for toys.

Sergeant Martin said seat belts and helmets may not be required by law, but should be used by everyone.

Deputies said they believe the person who hit the go-kart was driving a black Nissan Sentra, which probably has a broken headlight and damage to the front driver's side bumper. Anyone with information is asked to call the Knox County Sheriff's Office at (865) 215-2243.


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