he Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges ATV/UTV riders passengers to wear their helmets and seatbelts while out riding this fall.

So far this year, 17 people have died in ATV/UTV crashes in Wisconsin. Most crash victims were not wearing seat belts or helmets.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 71% of fatally injured ATV riders were killed in crashes involving no other vehicles in 2020. Helmets and seatbelts dramatically reduce the chance of serious injury, especially in single vehicle crashes.

“ATVs are popular for work and recreational purposes such as trail riding and hunting,” said Major April Dombrowski, DNR Recreational Safety Section Chief. “Protect yourself and loved ones by always wearing a helmet. It’s the single most important piece of protection an ATV or UTV rider can wear.”

In addition to wearing a helmet, follow these tips for a safe ride:

  • Use extra caution when operating on pavement.
  • Always operate at a responsible speed and within your abilities.
  • Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during your ride.
  • In addition to a seat belt and helmet, wear protective clothing such as eye protection, gloves, long pants and long sleeves.
  • Know before you go. Review all ATV/UTV laws here.
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