Industry Commitment to National Safety and Training Programs Contributes
to Reduced Number of Incidents
IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ATV Safety Institute issued the following:
The newly published U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 2014
Annual Report of ATV Deaths and Injuries confirmed once again that
fatalities and injuries related to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) continue
to decline. The Annual Report has shown a decrease in fatalities and
injuries every year since 2007.
From 2007 to 2011, ATV-related fatalities declined by 23% and
ATV-related fatalities involving children declined by 40% (reporting for
2012 to 2014 is ongoing).
The CPSC also reported (as it did in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Annual
Reports) a significant decline in ATV injuries. The Annual Report
states: “During the years 2007 through 2014, ATV-related injury
estimates generally decreased each year… When considering the entire 8
years together (2007−2014), CPSC staff found a statistically significant
decreasing linear trend.” The Annual Report also states that ATV-related
injuries to children of all ages decreased 38% from 2007 to 2014, and
this decrease is a “statistically significant downward trend.”
“Member companies of the ATV Safety Institute (ASI) remain committed to
continuing to work to further reduce incidents on ATVs through rider
education programs, raising awareness regarding the importance of
parental supervision, and continuing to advocate for state ATV safety
legislation,” said ASI President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Buche.
“Since 1984, the major manufacturers and distributors of ATVs in the
United States have worked closely with the CPSC to implement ongoing
safety initiatives. We appreciate the CPSC’s safety efforts, including
the agency promotion of its ATV safety website (www.atvsafety.gov).”
ASI urges all ATV enthusiasts and their families to follow the ATV
Safety Institute’s Golden Rules:
Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long
pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
Never ride on paved roads except to cross when done safely and
permitted by law — another vehicle could hit you. ATVs are designed
to be operated offhighway.
|3.||Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.|
Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one
passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.
|5.||Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.|
|6.||Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.|
|7.||Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.|
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The All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute® develops rider training
programs and promotes the safe and responsible use of ATVs. The ASI®
works to reduce crashes and injuries resulting from improper ATV use.
Formed in 1988, the ASI is a not-for-profit division of the Specialty
Vehicle Institute of America®. For safety information or to enroll in an
ATV RiderCourseSM nearest you, visit atvsafety.org
or call (800) 887-2887.
ATV Safety Institute
727-3727, ext. 3091