Third ATV Fatality Signals Need for Safety Focus in Wisconsin

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Wisconsin DNR

Review ATV safety tips with children. Children should be supervised wherever they ride, and everyone should protect themselves by wearing their helmets.

May 15, 2012 Updated May 15, 2012 at 1:37 PM CDT

Madison, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- With three ATV accidents in just one month in Wisconsin, safety officials have decided to open ATV safety classes and are hoping to put more focus on safety while riding.

A Jefferson County man became the third fatality in Wisconsin in the past month when he lost control of his ATV on private land on May 12th and died. Authorities are investigating this incident.

Back in April in two separate incidents, an adult in Lafayette County and a child in Calumet County were killed in fatal ATV accidents.

Since ATV's are such a popular form of transportation for a wide range of ages, ATV safety classes are highly recommended. According to ATV safety administrator Gary Eddy even though it is not required for everyone to take safety classes, it is still a good idea "for anyone who enjoys ATVs and UTVs to take the class and receive a safety education completion certificate".

All three of the fatal accidents happened on private lands. According to Eddy, riders let their guard down when on their own land and tend to take more risks.

ATV riders should obey the following rules while out on their all-terrain vehicle:

- Wear a helmet and protective clothing such as boots, gloves, long pants, long-sleeve jacket or shirt.
- Travel at a speed that is appropriate for the terrain, as well as how far you can see ahead and your experience level.
- Make sure you know the manufacturer’s passenger, weight and other guidelines for operation.
- ATVs are made for off-road use. Keep your legal road riding to a minimum and use caution. Make sure you know the local rules.
- Never drink alcohol or take any drugs while operating.

To learn more about ATV safety or to sign up for safety classes, visit Wisconsin DNR Website

Posted to the web by Krista Burns