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May 21, 2013

Free Fun weekend coming June 1 - 2; prepare now to enjoy your ride

MADISON - For people thinking of joining the fun on June 1-2 when registration and trail fees for all-terrain vehicles and utility-terrain vehicles are waived in Wisconsin, now is the time they should review safety tips so they can enjoy the trail time.

Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Gary Eddy, who also serves as the administrator of the Bureau of Law Enforcement's ATV safety program, said the ATV-UTV sport is growing in the state, thanks to a system of trails maintained by citizen groups also dedicated to ensuring its safety for all.

"One person operating recklessly or in an unsafe manner can ruin the experience for a lot of people," Eddy said. "If you have never ridden before, or it's been a while since you've been on the trail, June 1-2 is a great opportunity for you and a good reason to review these safety tips."

On June 1-2, ATV/UTV owners can ride free; you do not need to have your machine registered in Wisconsin. Nonresident ATV/UTV owners do not need to have a trail pass on these days. The free ride is part of Free Fun weekend in Wisconsin's great outdoors. In addition to free ATV/UTV riding, fishing is free everywhere in Wisconsin and state hiking and biking trails are free. On June 2, admission is free to state parks and forests.

"Safety rules will be enforced for the benefit of all," Eddy says of the Free Wheeling Weekend.

Learn more about ATV/UTV safety and registration policies, and where to find safety classes, search the DNR website for keyword" "ATV."

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

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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