Wisconsin DNR Warns ATV Riders Ahead Of Busy Season

Friday, September 21st, 2012 at 6:50 am

Two people have died in all-terrain vehicle crashes this month alone in Wisconsin, and with more inexperienced riders likely out during deer season, the Department of Natural Resources is asking new riders to be cautious.

D.N.R. recreational safety warden William Yearman handles fatal ATV accident reports and told the Associated Press that many can be avoided if riders take the proper precautions. The DNR stresses that safety starts with getting certified through the state. Of course, the biggest thing riders can do to prevent accidents is stay sober.

According to the D.N.R., of last year’s 16 fatal crashes in Wisconsin, six had blood alcohol contents over the legal limit of .08 and only two were certified and wearing helmets.

Yearman said: “The main thing is, it’s best to wear a helmet, use some common sense, and go at a moderate speed.”

The DNR also stresses that it’s important to have the right size ATV to fit the rider, Yearman said, and that riders must know that conditions can change everyday.

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