WKU Public Radio News Staff
Sun June 10, 2012
Farm Bureau Leader Stresses ATV Safety
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Kentucky currently ranks second in the nation in terms of fatal All Terrain Vehicle accidents. Randy Chrisman of the Kentucky Farm Bureau's Safety and Rural Health Advisory Committee says residents of the state need to remember that ATVs are "powerful machines that can cause serious injuries" if they aren't used properly.
All-Terrain Vehicles have become very popular for recreation and for getting work done around the farm. However, ATV accidents have resulted in thousands of children being injured. In 2010, more than 28,000 children under the age of 16 were injured nationwide in accidents involving the vehicles.
Kentucky Farm Bureau says common sense steps like getting training and obtaining a helmet can have a significant impact on accident statistics, as well as purchasing the correct size of ATV for the individual operating it. Safety experts say most ATVs are designed only for one rider, and it can be very dangerous to carry passengers.