All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are a useful mode of transportation on farms and ranches, yet there are known safety hazards associated with their use. Statistics from the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services show 578 hospital emergency room visits due to ATV incidents in 2016, and that does not include a large number of accident victims treated elsewhere. Nationally, a staggering 44% of child fatalities from 1982 to 2015 were age 12 and under. Education for awareness of safe behaviors related to ATV use is lifesaving for all ages.
"ATV Aware" is available as a program in a variety of settings. Outdoor or indoor public events utilize a custom-made simulator to mimic an actual experience of riding an ATV and teach about safe riding behaviors and laws.
For more information or to schedule an ATV Aware session for your school or organization, please contact:
West Central Research, Extension and Education Center
402 W State Farm Road
North Platte, NE 69101-7751