The 4-H Youth Development Program, through Mississippi State University Extension Service, is offering youth and parents the opportunity to learn about ATV safety. This is made possible by a grant that was awarded by National 4-H Council as part of the 4-H ATV Safety Grant Program. The program is a collaboration among local 4-H groups, the National 4-H Youth Development Program and the ATV Safety Institute (ASI).
The goal of the 4-H ATV Safety Program is youth development. Participation in ATV Safety courses gives young people and adults the opportunity to learn safe and responsible operation of ATV machines. Not only does the training focus on just the rider/operator, but also focuses on the environment and allows participants the opportunity to make sound decisions.
The 4-H ATV Safety Institute is a national program with several thousand of youth and adults participating in ATV Safety training annually. In Mississippi, 4-H is beginning to offer ATV Safety courses all across the state so that individuals are given an opportunity to learn how to safely operate ATV’s and have fun in the process. Mississippi State University currently has a service through 4-H that has eight ASI Certified 4-H Instructors. With continued support from ASI, National 4-H Council, and other partners, more instructors will be secured so that more youth and adults can be reached through the ATV safety Program.
Ten Key Points to Consider About ATV Safety
- Take A Course, Of Course
- Age Matters
- Wear A Helmet
- Ride on Unpaved Trails
- Ride without Passengers
- Be A Control Freak
- Ride with A Clear Head
- Know the Terrain
- Know the Rules!
- Ride the Right-Size Machine
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Speeding along a wooded trail on a bright, chilly morning can bring a lot of enjoyment and excitement. And it sure is a lot easier getting to that back-country deer blind or dove field if you can load up all the gear and head off on wheels.
But the off-road vehicle you may be riding -- whether a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle, side-by-side utility vehicle or dirt bike -- has some downsides. While undeniably fun and useful in transportation, an off-road vehicle can also be an environmental hazard and personal nuisance when used incorrectly.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Riding all-terrain vehicles is a fun adventure until tragedy strikes, but simple practices can keep riders safe.
Jesse Wilson, a high school senior from Lowndes County, has firsthand experience with an ATV disaster. Wilson was driving up a steep ditch when his ATV fell back on top of him because of excess weight on the back of the vehicle. He was not wearing any safety gear at the time. Wilson broke his shoulder because of this accident, and had to have surgery.
WEST POINT, Miss. -- Young Mississippians eager to complete the safety course required for operating all-terrain vehicles on public lands can sign up for free classes offered during ATV Safety Week, June 6-14.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service is taking steps to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities involving all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs.
Larry Alexander, 4-H youth development specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said national ATV Safety Week, June 8-15, is the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of properly using these powerful vehicles.
By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University’s 4-H program staff want to reduce the number of accidents and deaths occurring from the misuse of all-terrain vehicles by training 4-H agents as certified ATV safety and education instructors.