Experts say surge in ATV riders, injuries likely linked to pandemic – WCAX

Yet another tragic consequence of the lockdowns.

"Through May 31, 2020, the hospital says it has treated 17 people at the emergency department for an ATV related injury. That's up from six in 2019 and only four in 2018, during the same time period. There's also a rise in pediatric ATV injuries -- five already this year, which is up from an average of less than one the last two years. The Vermont ATV Sportsman's Association (VASA) says with an uptick in riders because of the pandemic, it's never been more important to learn about safe operation. "Manufacturers do provide the opportunity for training. Some people may take advantage of that, but it's nothing's required," said VASA's Danny Hale. Hale says if you are a member of VASA, there are safety guidelines you have to follow."Our bylaws clearly state that you must wear a helmet when participating on our trails. We do our best to make sure everyone understands what they're supposed to be doing," he said.”

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