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.

Prevention Messages

  • 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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