“May long weekend is the start of the trauma season,” said STARS CEO Andrea Robertson. “This year we hope to reduce injuries by asking the public to focus on safety when riding all-terrain vehicles”.
The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) is also encouraging riders to stay safe this summer.
So, the two groups are reminding ATV enthusiasts about some safety tips:
- Never operate an ATV without proper instruction.
- Use antenna flags in hilly areas and wear bright clothing to be more visible.
- Wear protective clothing – always wear an approved motorcycle helmet, eye protection, ankle high boots, long pants and long-sleeved shirt or jacket.
- Use maps and a compass if you are riding in an unfamiliar area.
- Carry a first-aid pack and vehicle-repair kit with you.
- Never allow youth under the age of 16 to ride adult sized ATV’s or without adult supervision.
- Children need to be observed carefully because not all children have the strength, size, skills or judgment needed to operate an ATV safely.
- Always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return.
- Never follow directly behind another rider because this restricts your visibility.
- Never carry a passenger on an ATV. Carrying a passenger may upset the balance of the ATV and may cause it to go out of control.
- Never consume alcohol or drugs before or while operating an ATV.
The ATV responses by STARS base in 2015 are startling. These numbers represent only ATV responses:
- Winnipeg 18
- Saskatoon 15
- Regina 6
- Grande Prairie 13
- Edmonton 36
- Calgary 19