Off-highway vehicles, including quads, trikes, dirtbikes, side-by-sides, and argos can cause serious injury or death.
- There were 185 ATV-related deaths in Alberta from 2002-2013 - an average of 16 per year.
- On average, 680 people are admitted to hospital and 5233 visit emergency departments with ATV injuries each year.
- ATV injuries cost Alberta $16 million each year in direct healthcare costs.
- Young men aged 20 - 24 years have the highest rate of ATV deaths.
- Children under 16 years of age make up 18% of all ATV deaths.
- More than half of deadly ATV incidents are rollovers.
- Head injuries cause 41% of deaths.
- 51% of ATV drivers killed were over the legal BAC limit to drive (0.05).
- 42% were drunk - over 0.08 and violating the criminal code.
- Wear an approved helmet with face and eye protection. Use seatbelts on equipped machines.
- Children under 16 years of age should never drive an adult-size ATV/OHVV. ATV/OHVs made for children might be safer. Follow manufacturers’ recommendations for age and size.
- Children’s level of development puts them at a higher risk for injury and death on OHVs. Make sure there is always close, visual, adult supervision.
- Refuse to carry or be a passenger on an ATV/OHV built for one person.
- Drive sober – alcohol, drugs and OHVs don’t mix.
- Take an ATV/OHV operator training course.
- Wear safety gear including gloves, boots and sturdy clothing.
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