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GRAB YOUR HELMET! NEARLY TIME TO HIT THE ATV-UTV TRAILS FOR SUMMER RIDING FUN

May 5, 2015

MADISON - As the all-terrain vehicle and utility-terrain vehicle trail-riding season approaches in Wisconsin, Department of Natural Resources wardens encourage riders to grab their helmets so they have safe, enjoyable rides.

Gary Eddy, DNR ATV safety administrator and warden, says many counties may make decisions to open their ATV/UTV trails to the public now that the temperatures are rising and trails are drying. Eddy says one of the most important tips is to always wear a helmet approved by the Department of Transportation.

"The use of a helmet is the single most important piece of protection an ATV rider can wear," Eddy says. "In 2014, 96 percent of victims in ATV/UTV fatalities were not wearing a helmet. This is why we encouraged you to always wear a helmet when you ride. You can't anticipate when a crash will happen, so you have to be prepared by wearing a helmet."

Other safety reminders from Eddy include:

ATV/UTV is among our state's favorite recreational activities in the summer months. Let's keep it safer by wearing a helmet and keeping the alcohol off the trails.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: ATV-UTV Administrator Gary Eddy, 608-245-2315, gary.eddy@wisconsin.gov

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 05, 2015




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