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For Immediate Release:
August 13, 2015
Contact: 518-486-9846
press.ny.gov
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NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF STATE’S DIVISION OF CONSUMER PROTECTION TO HELP EDUCATE NEW YORKERS ON ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE SAFETY

The New York Department of State today announced that its Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) will conduct free education and training seminars on All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) safety to better protect New Yorkers. Beginning August 15, DCP outreach coordinators will visit regions throughout the State that have ATV trails and high concentrations of ATV ridership. New York ranks among the top 10 states nationwide each year for reported ATV-related deaths. In New York State, owners must register their ATV’s with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“I strongly encourage all those New Yorkers who ride ATV’s to learn more about protecting themselves and their loved ones,” said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales. “Twice as many ATV-related deaths and injuries are reported during the summer and this activity should not come at the expense of one’s life or health. Educate yourself and take advantage of these valuable seminars.”

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan said, “Like with cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles, it’s important that New Yorkers take the time to learn how to stay safe while operating ATV’s. While they’re often used for recreation and outdoor fun, ATV’s can be dangerous, and many times, crashes and injuries can be prevented. DMV urges everyone who is thinking about riding an ATV to protect themselves, and take advantage of these seminars to learn simple safety tips that could save a life.”

The seminars will provide information about proper ATV use and, when available, hands-on riding training. The events will be held in conjunction with the ATV Safety Institute, ATV dealers, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, and County Sheriff’s offices. The Division has also launched a social media campaign to share ATV safety information and tips.

DCP representatives will make presentations in coordination with partners on the following dates and locations:

Saturday, August 15 at 10:00am
250 Veterans Memorial Highway
4th Floor Conference Room, 4A9A
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Wednesday, August 19 at 2:00pm
Albany Public Library, Bach Branch
455 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

Friday, August 28 at 10:00am
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office
7007 Rumsey Street Extension
Bath, NY 14810

Thursday, September 10 at 6:00pm
Ridgeview Inn
6912 Bardo Road
Lowville, NY 11367

These seminars are open to the public and no registration is required. For further information regarding each event, you may contact the New York State Division of Consumer Protection at 518-486-6210. Consumers can enroll in an ATV safety training courses through the ATV Safety Institute or by calling (800) 887-2887. Additionally, DCP is available to conduct ATV Safety presentations upon request by calling 518-474-8583. You can check for future seminars, as they are added, here.

According to the most recent data, there are more than 700 deaths and 100,000 injuries each year nationwide involving ATV’s. Children under age 16 account for more than 20% of these fatalities. Since the Consumer Product Safety Commission began tracking the number of reported deaths, New York State has consistently ranked among the top 10 states with the highest number of reported fatalities. From 2010-2013, there were more than 60 reported deaths in the State.

According to the most recent data, there are more than 700 deaths and 100,000 injuries each year nationwide involving ATV’s. Children under age 16 account for more than 20% of these fatalities. Since the Consumer Product Safety Commission began tracking the number of reported deaths, New York State has consistently ranked among the top 10 states with the highest number of reported fatalities. From 2010-2013, there were more than 60 reported deaths in the State.

“The first time operating an ATV should be at ASI’s ATV RiderCourse, and we’d like to thank the New York Department of State’s Consumer Protection Unit for hosting these events and highlighting the importance of ATV safety for new riders and those who ride but haven’t been trained,” said ATV Safety Institute President Tim Buche. “The ATV RiderCourse is the premier safety course in the nation and will provide participants with hands-on rider training that will cover ASI’s Golden Rules of ATV Riding so they can make smart and safe choices when riding. ATVs are a safe and fun adventure when operated properly.”

Consumer should follow these ATV safety tips to help reduce ATV-related deaths and injuries:

• Do not drive ATV’s on paved roads, including highways.

• Do not allow a child under 16 to drive or ride an adult ATV.

• Don’t drive an ATV with more riders than it was designed to carry.

• Always wear a helmet and other protective gear such as eye glasses, boots, gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirts.

• Take a hands-on safety training course prior to riding.

• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

• Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

An all-terrain vehicle travels on low-pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control designed to handle a wider variety of terrain than most other vehicles. In New York State, multiple passengers are not allowed on ATV’s unless they are designated to carry more than one person. All riders (operator and passengers) must wear helmets. All ATV’s must be registered with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Registration must be renewed annually. ATV use on highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads under limited circumstances. No one under 10 may ride or operate an ATV. Operators between the ages of 10 and 15 may ride ATV’s if they are on their parent’s land and supervised by a parent, or on their parent’s land and in possession of a safety training certificate. No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.

Consumers can acquire more information on ATV safety and ATV use, or file a complaint against a business or an individual, by visiting The New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection at http://www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection/ or by contacting the Division’s hotline at (800) 697-1220. The Consumer Assistance Hotline is open Monday to Friday, excluding Federal Holidays, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

For more information, follow the Division of Consumer Protection on social media:

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