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CPSC urges ATV riders to keep vehicles off paved public roads

New public service announcement highlights dangers of collisions with on-road vehicles

Posted May 30, 2018

As the ATV riding season begins, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched a new public service announcement urging riders to keep all ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) off of paved public roads, even if county or town laws permit it.

The CPSC notes that there are about 650 deaths and 100,000 injuries involving ATVs every year, and over 3,000 children have been killed in ATV-related accidents since 1982. Nearly one-third of reported deaths were related to incidents involving ATVs being ridden on paved roads or parking lots.

The Agency reminds all riders that off-road vehicles are designed to be driven only on off-road terrain and are difficult to control and at risk of overturning when driven on paved surfaces. In many states, it is illegal to do so.

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