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ATV Safety

JPD now patrols local ATV trails

ATV numbers have increased rapidly in our area and throughout rural America. ATV-related injuries and deaths have also increased. With professional instruction and certification, safe speeds, protective gear (especially a safety helmet) and adherence to laws and regulations we can reduce accidents.

Rural America has become swamed with all-terrain vehicles, mostly for recreational use. They are also becoming prevalent in agriculture, business, industry, and government. Through adequate training, proper use, and common sense, ATVs can be used safely and effectively.

However, ATVs have not enjoyed a good safety record. Estimates from the Consumer Products Safety Commission report up to 90,000 ATV-related injuries per year and 120 deaths. Nearly 50 percent of the injuries and fatalities are children under 16 years of age.

Reserve Officer Brad Timberlake patrolling

Officer Jeffrey Fournier on patrol

Ten Commandments of ATV Safety

  1. Wear protective devices and clothing. Never ride double.
  2. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
  3. Do not drink alcoholic beverages or use other drugs while riding.
  4. Always practice care for the environment.
  5. Take a safety course before first time operation.
  6. Know your machine before operating.
  7. Always directly supervise younger riders.
  8. Always be courteous to others.
  9. Ask permission before riding on another's land.
  10. Obey the laws and rules.
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