Education Overview
Education of ATV riders plays an important role in rider safety and responsibility.
- ATV safety training courses are required for youth in Minnesota between the ages of 12 and 15. 2,077 students participated in the ATV Youth Safety Program in 2005; 4,880 total students have completed the program.
- Beginning January 1, 2006, the compact disc portion of the ATV safety training course is now required for anyone who operate ATVs on public lands and is born after July 1st, 1987 and who is 16 years of age or older.
- Almost 300 individuals were certified to teach in the ATV Youth Safety Program in 2005; the state has certified 595 instructors to date.
Educational programs create a network of ATV riders and enthusiasts.
Educational programs make for a more enjoyable riding experience.
Environmental educational programs help ATV riders better understand where they can and cannot ride. This is critical in preserving our natural resources and minimizing the risks of ATV riding in environmentally sensitive areas.
Safety Overview
Educational efforts pay off in reducing the proportion of ATV-riding accidents and violations.
Future Vision: Increasing ATV Rider Safety and Responsibility
Minnesota’s ATV community supports increased safety and environmental training courses for all ATV riders.
A periodic re-evaluation of the state’s educational programs would help address new safety and environmental concerns as Minnesota’s ATV community continues to grow and change.
An increase in the number of certified ATV safety and environmental course instructors would help create a network of responsible and aware riders throughout the state.
Education about the ATV industry through public information efforts will help create a greater awareness of ATV riders and create a safer experience for all those who enjoy the outdoors.
ATV clubs are essential to the continued development of new ATV educational initiatives.
- As the number of local clubs in Minnesota increases, the number of educational programs and opportunities for peer-to-peer safety instruction increases as well.