ATV safety week in June 8-15
Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed June 8-15 as all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety week in Minnesota.
More than 600,000 ATVs are used by Minnesotans for outdoor recreation and to support their daily livelihood. State law requires anyone born after July 1, 1987, to have a certificate showing they have taken safety training if they are 11 or older and want to ride on public land, trails, and frozen waters.
In the last 5 years, 83 Minnesotans have lost their lives in ATV accidents.
The DNR promotes safety when operating an ATV:
- Always wear protective gear, (helmet, eye protection, long sleeve shirt, gloves, long pants, boots).
- Slow down. Speed is a major contributing factor in most ATV injury and fatal accidents.
- If driving/riding in a side-by-side ATV, buckle up, and keep all body parts inside the side- by-side.
- Be sober. Run an ATV under the influence of alcohol or narcotics and you could be charged with a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony level DWI.
- ATVs are not babysitters, parents need to make sure their kids take an ATV safety education course and supervise them always.
Don’t take riding ATVs lightly. Think safety when riding ATVs. Find more information on ATV safety training online.