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May 25, 2010

Most crash victims were not wearing helmets

MADISON - People planning on hitting the trails on an all-terrain vehicle this Memorial Day weekend should play it smart by protecting their heads with a safety-approved helmet, according to a state recreational safety specialist.

"The ATV trails will be busy during the holiday weekend," says Gary Eddy all-terrain vehicle safety administrator for the Department of Natural Resources. "It is hard to imagine that anyone would think about riding without a helmet, but a disturbingly large percentage of fatal ATV crash victims were not wearing helmets."

Eddy says the majority of ATV fatalities are adults, with only a small number of ATV users under the age of 18 killed each year.

"Parents and other adults are usually good about making sure children are wearing helmets, but often they don't wear helmets themselves," Eddy says. "Adults should be role models by wearing helmets."

Eddy adds that people should make sure the helmet is one that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

"You can't anticipate a crash, but when it happens, be prepared by wearing a helmet," he says.

Here are other important ATV safety tips:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Eddy - (608) 267-7455

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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