The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking ATV and UTV operators to ride safely this Fourth of July weekend.
When out with family and friends for off-road rides and adventures, wearing a helmet and seat belt, monitoring speed, and brushing up on safety best practices could save your life.
So far this year, 17 people have died in ATV/UTV crashes. Of the 5 fatal UTV crash victims, none were wearing helmets and 4 of 5 did not wear seat belts. Of the 12 fatal ATV crash victims, 10 were not wearing helmets.
Lt. Martin R. Stone says, “The Fourth of July holiday weekend is often a busy time on our trails and road routes. This year, 12 of the 17 fatal crashes so far occurred on public roads or routes. We want everyone to stay safe out there; familiarizing yourself with ATV-UTV laws and safe operation practices is a must before you head out.”
When used safely, ATVs and UTVs provide fun, family recreation and are a valuable tool for working or exploring the outdoors. However, these vehicles are powerful and can be dangerous and even fatal. For more information on ATV and UTV recreation in Wisconsin, visit the DNR’s website.