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STARS News Release

ATV Injury Prevention

May 18, 2016

Canadian Prairies- STARS air ambulance is reminding ATV riders to focus on safety this May long weekend after responding to 107 serious ATV emergencies in 2015.

“May long weekend is start of the trauma season,” said STARS CEO Andrea Robertson. “This year we hope to reduce injuries by asking the public to focus on safety when riding all-terrain vehicles”.

The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) is also encouraging riders to stay safe this summer.

“ATVs are not toys, but they are fun. Knowing all you can about your ATV and the places you can ride is the best preparation for safe and enjoyable riding,” stated Jo-Anne Farquhar, Director of Communications for the COHV. “Remember, ATVs are intended for off-highway use only. Never operate an ATV on pavement and always wear helmets and protective clothing” added Farquhar.

Safety tips
• Never operate an ATV without proper instruction.
• Use antenna flags in hilly areas and wear bright clothing to be more visible.
• Wear protective clothing – always wear an approved motorcycle helmet, eye protection, ankle high boots, long pants and long-sleeved shirt or jacket.
• Use maps and a compass if you are riding in an unfamiliar area.
• Carry a first-aid pack and vehicle-repair kit with you.
• Never allow youth under the age of 16 to ride adult sized ATV’s or without adult supervision.
• Children need to be observed carefully because not all children have the strength, size, skills or judgment needed to operate an ATV safely.
• Always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return.
• Never follow directly behind another rider because this restricts your visibility.
• Never carry a passenger on an ATV. Carrying a passenger may upset the balance of the ATV and may cause it to go out of control.
• Never consume alcohol or drugs before or while operating an ATV.

ATV responses by STARS base in 2015:

Winnipeg: 18
Saskatoon: 15
Regina: 6
Grande Prairie: 13
Edmonton: 36
Calgary: 19

For more information

Cam Heke

Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council
Jo-Anne Farquhar
Director of Communications