Region 8 Teen Speaks on ATV Safety

August 26, 2006 -- 9:45 PM CDT

ANNIEVILLE, AR -- Andrew Martin started riding an All-Terrain Vehicle when he was 7-years-old, and last May he was injured in an ATV accident and feels lucky to be alive.

"I was coming around a turn on a gravel road, and I hit a truck head on.  They took me to the hospital in Pocahontas, and then they took me by ambulance to Arkansas Children's Hospital where I had to have surgery on my knee," said Martin.

He spent most of last summer in a wheelchair and on crutches.  He's now Arkansas Children's Hospital's poster child for their ATV-safety campaign.

"They just called my mom one day and asked me if I wanted to go down to Little Rock and take a few photos for their campaign."

His poster will soon spread throughout the state.

"It feels pretty good," he said.  "I long as it's helping people, I don't mind doing it."

Since the accident, Martin has picked up a new hobby...playing pool.  He still rides his ATV sporadically and uses greater safety precautions.

"I wear my safety equipment, and I just watch what I'm doing, and don't get too rowdy."