New Statewide Push for ATV Safety Targets Parents, Children

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Cooperative Extension Service are teaming up to teach parents and children how to prevent accidents on all-terrain vehicles.

About 15 Arkansans die each year in ATV crashes and nearly 90 percent of ATV accidents in Arkansas involve drivers younger than 16 on an adult-size four-wheeler.

Children tend to get hurt on the machines because of a lack of proper equipment or training.  Arkansas Childrens Hospital has come to expect between 70 and 80 youngsters admitted each year because of ATV accidents.

The extension service's 4-H Youth Development Program is offering classes on ATV safety, something the organization has not done since the early 1990s.  Also, the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission will include ATV safety as a segment of its hunter safety courses.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)