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ATV Injuries Becoming A Growing Concern

Last updated on Monday, March 30, 2009

(UNDATED) - With the warm weather upon us and students dismissed for spring break, children have more time available to participate in various recreational activities, including riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

ATVs become a growing concern as the number of injuries or deaths resulting from ATV use increases nationwide.

From 1999-2006, Clarian Health, including Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, treated 351 children younger than 18 years of age for ATV-related injuries. Four resulted in fatalities.

Counties with more than 10 ATV incidents treated at Clarian include: Bartholomew, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, Morgan and Putnam.

ATV safety tips: Properly train and supervise all ATV drivers, always wear personal protective equipment, ride only on designated trails at a safe speed and take an ATV riders course.

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