Youth ATV Certification Course Offered

NEWS RELEASE – (07/01/2019) 

Youth ATV Certification Course Offered

KANE COUNTY, UT – In order to help increase the number of minors who are certified to ride ATVs, the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, in partnership with the Utah Division of Natural Resources, is holding an Off-Highway Vehicle Safety Certificate Course for youth. The class will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Kaneplex in Kanab at 8:00 a.m. There is a $30 registration fee and class size is limited.

With summer activities in full swing, there is an increased number of ATVs on the roads and in state parks. This year’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV) season started in tragedy with a crash in an Ogden neighborhood, killing one boy and injuring another. Neither was wearing a helmet. Unfortunately, this story is not uncommon. Twelve percent of Primary Children’s Hospital traumatic brain injury admissions are due to ATV crashes. Studies also show that only 58% of Utahns report wearing a helmet while riding an ATV and only 38% of Utah children (whose parents own an ATV) have taken a training course.

Utah law states that anyone driving an ATV or OHV (off-highway vehicle) without a driver’s license must obtain an Off-Highway Vehicle Safety Certificate and no one under the age of 8 is permitted to operate an ATV. Everyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet that is fitted, fastened, and meets state safety standards.

Parents wanting to register their children (ages 8+ and teens without a driver’s license) for the course can contact Delaney Matheson at dmatheson@swuhealth.org or 435-644-2537.

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