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Police offer ATV safety tips

July 08, 1997

West Virginia State Police offer the following safety tips for all-terrain vehicles.

  • Stay off-road: ATVs are designed for off-road surfaces. The low-pressure tires are designed for optimum performance on unpaved surfaces. Avoid riding on hard surfaces or pavement because the handling of the machine can change dramatically. Avoid roadways and shoulders - drivers of passenger vehicles often don't see ATVs.
  • Never double-up: ATVs are made for one operator only. Doubling up, placing children on the driver's lap, or allowing passengers to hold on to the back invites disaster.
  • Follow all age and size recommendations: All children under 16 should always be under the direct supervision of an adult, and some safety groups discourage operation by children under 16. If a child has an ATV, its power should matche the child's size.
  • Wear appropriate protective gear: ATV riding is a sport and safety equipment should be purchased and worn accordingly. Standard attire should include a fastened helmet with eye protection that meets Department of Transportation standards. Sturdy over-the-calf boots, off-road riding gloves, pants and a shirt or jacket should also be worn at all times.
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