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August 9, 2013

In Our Opinion: Take steps to be safe on ATVs

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• And just like with other vehicles, do not drive ATVs while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as they impair reaction time and judgment.

The National Safety Council’s Agricultural Division also reminds riders that any attachments, such as plows or trailers, will affect an ATV’s stability, braking and operation.

Another common-sense tip is keeping a safe speed for conditions. Going 40 mph on a packed dirt road is probably fine, but going 40 mph in a field with high grass and woodchuck holes may be asking for trouble.

We also encourage people to ride where they know the terrain. If you’re going out riding in a new area, scout the area first to look for any potential hazards.

We hope ATV riders follow these tips, and we will be less likely to have to report another tragic ATV death.

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