As spring approaches, ATV riders reminded to be careful

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By Molly Haines

With temperatures in the low 60s and spring right around the corner, everyone’s itching to get outside. But some outdoor activities can lead to danger.
Owen County Ambulance Director Kevin Luther said one of those activities, all-terrain vehicle riding, has led to some fatalities in Owen County.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kentucky was third in the nation with 114 ATV deaths reported from 2005 to 2007.
The ambulance service usually responds to several ATV related accidents each year, Luther said.
“It’s usually people doing things that an ATV isn’t designed to do,” Luther said. “That and people not wearing the proper protective equipment.”
According to state law, riders under the age of 16 must wear a helmet at all times. Riders age 16 and over must wear a helmet on public property.
ATVs are not for use on roadways and it is against the law to ride on public roadways. State law does allow farmers to get from one property to another if their property is divided by a road.
The state encourages ATV riders to wear approved helmet and protective clothing, avoid unfamiliar terrain and never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV.
Children should never ride or be a passenger on an adult ATV, and should be supervised at all times.
According to the Brain Injury Association of Kentucky, 35 percent of ATV-related deaths involve people under 16 years of age.
For more information on ATV safety, visit highwaysafety.ky.gov.