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ATV helmet safety campaign launched

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The Saskatchewan All-Terrain Vehicle Association (SATVA) has launched an ATV Helmet Safety Campaign to encourage everyone in Saskatchewan to wear a helmet when riding an ATV.

ATV safety is a major concern in the province. Last year, eight people were killed and 47 were injured while riding an ATV, making it the highest fatality rate and second highest injury rate for the province since 2000. According to the RCMP, in five out of the eight fatal accidents last year, the rider was not wearing a helmet.

Over the past 14 years, 442 individuals have been injured and 50 people have been killed, and already ATV injuries and fatalities are being recorded in the province. Unfortunately, many people still refuse to wear a helmet even though they are required by law to wear them on public property. As the sale of ATVs in Saskatchewan continues to grow, with annual sales reaching roughly 8,000 quad-style and side-by-side ATVs, the likelihood for injuries and fatalities continues to grow as well.

Children and young teens are especially at risk as they lack the knowledge, physical size, strength, and cognitive and motor skills required to operate ATVs safely. However, wearing a properly fitted helmet is important for all riders as they can save lives and help prevent injuries from happening, particularly since head and spinal cord injuries are among the most common ATV injuries. Recent research indicates that wearing a helmet can reduce an individual's risk of death by 42 per cent and of suffering a head injury by 64 per cent.

ATVing is a great way to get out and enjoy the great outdoors and they are an excellent farm-use vehicle, but accidents can happen at any time. Wearing a helmet can ensure that you and your family and friends enjoy a safe and fun riding experience.

Don't become an ATV statistic. Wear a helmet and protect your head.

For more information, visit www.satva.ca.


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