An afternoon out on your ATV with family and friends can be a great way to spend a summer day, but if you become too carefree tragedy can strike quickly.
ATV Safety Week kicked off on Saturday and runs until June 10th.
John Meed, G-M of the Saskatchewan ATV Association says the week has two main goals.
“The campaign we are using this summer is Ride Smart, Ride Safe,” said Meed. “The Ride Smart really has to do with wearing your helmet and wearing your goggles and the right clothing for ATV.”
Meed says the Ride Smart portion of the campaign speaks on not surpassing your skill limit or what you’re qualified to do.
Meed says, as always, drinking and riding is never acceptable.
However, all the safety messages don’t mean much when an ATV tragedy occurs. A 63-year-old man died after an ATV accident on a rural road last week near Kendal — southeast of Regina — last week.
It’s the province’s first death from an ATV accident this year. Last year, three people died in ATV accidents in the province.
In 2015, nine people were killed.