To help mark the occasion, the two organizations will offer a free hands-on ATV safety courses at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility at 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd. in Phoenix. In addition, AZGFD will hold two Quail Kids youth-based education classes from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 6 and 10.
Regardless of how long youve been riding an off-highway vehicle, taking a safety course can be a great way to get updated on safe use, law changes and other OHV-related information, said Matt Eberhart, AZGFD OHV Safety Education coordinator. OHVs offer many Arizonans access to some of the best views and experiences in the country. While they can offer good fun, these machines can also be dangerous if operators are not educated on proper and safe use.. Our free courses will provide the basic skills needed to make sure a day on the trail is memorable for the right reasons.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 92 percent of all ATV-related fatalities are the result of warned-against behaviors, such as youth riding on adult-sized ATVs. The public is invited to take some time during ATV Safety Week to learn about the proper operation of OHVs, find out about helmets and other proper protective gear, and learn ways to dramatically reduce risk to themselves, their family and friends.
We invite everyone with an ATV to take the first step toward safe riding by taking an ASI RiderCourse, said Cam Arnold, vice president for rider training at ATV Safety Institute. Come out to your local range, meet with instructors, have some fun and learn. ATV Safety Week is all about learning riding safety and we can think of no better way to highlight that message than to offer our class at no charge.
Those wishing to take the free hands-on course can register by calling (800) 887-2887.
All hands-on courses are for riders 16 years and older. Riders must provide their own ATV and proper riding equipment, including:
• DOT-approved helmet
• Riding goggles
• Long sleeves
• Long pants
• Over-the-ankle boots
AZGFD will also offer free Quail Kids courses, which focuses on teaching riders 10 and older the importance of safe and ethical use, proper safety equipment and machine size and fit. To register, click here.
For additional information or questions about ATV Safety week, course offerings and online courses, call 623-236-7384 or visit www.azgfd.com/Education/OHV.
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