It is that time of year again, and people need to be more aware when jumping on an All-Terrain Vehicle. It is important to be aware of the laws that apply when you use your ATV, before you ride.

"In Western Provinces there are no regulations around supervision or training for youth. But, if you go from Quebec East, there is provisions within their regulations that youth who ride ATV's need to go through some mandatory training," said Don Volklander with the Injury Prevention Center at the University of Alberta.

But, it is not only the youth that we need to worry about when riding ATV's.

"We find that over half of the people that end up in the coroners office from an ATV collision, they have been drinking and are legally impaired. The combination of unstable machine and alcohol is a perfect storm," explains Volklander.

People think that because they are off public roads and doing some recreation activity, that having a few drinks is a good way to relax, and enjoy the activity. Education would send a clear message on the dangers of drinking and driving ATV's. Education would also help younger riders avoid some of the injuries sustained from basic manoeuvres.

"If people haven't had any training at all, because when you are using them on hills, there are ways to balance and ways to position yourself on the machine and ways to scout out whether the hill is even something that you should be climbing. That comes with training," advised Volklander.

Alberta Transportation has been asked to provide a range of options on how to best approach the issue of ATV safety in Alberta. For more information on the laws and regulations of ATV use in Alberta follow the link.

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