The 4-H ATV Safety program provides grants to State-Level 4-H/Extension groups and their community partners to create or enhance local or state ATV safety projects.
Riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) is a lot of fun, but it can be dangerous if you don't know how to ride safely. The 4-H ATV Safety program helps youth and adults ride their ATVs safely by teaching them safe riding techniques and practices and choosing when not to ride. It also helps riders build their critical thinking and life skills so that they make good decisions.
Since accidents may happen to people riding ATVs, all riders (in particular youth) and parents/caregivers need to be educated about safe operation of ATVs before they climb on board.
The 4-H ATV Safety program provides grants to State-Level 4-H/Extension groups and their community partners to create or enhance local or state ATV safety projects. Such projects provide opportunities for young people and adults to take action on the issue of ATV safety, ultimately influencing the behavior of people throughout a community.
Grants are offered only to 4-H/Extension Programs in the United States. If you are not a part of 4-H, we encourage you to contact your local Cooperative Extension office and become a project collaborator!State-Level Projects support achievement of overall Program goals:
- To educate and inform pre-teen, teen, and adult ATV riders about safe riding techniques and practices;
- To help pre-teens and teens increase their critical thinking and life skills as well as enhance their abilities to assess risk and solve problems regarding the use of ATVs by youth under the age of 16 years;
- To educate parents and other caregivers to protect young riders through supervision and monitoring;
- To help communities address issues related to safe use of ATVs.
- To ensure that ATV riders take a certified hands-on rider training course.
Brothers Kyle Massey (star of Disney’s “Cory in the House”) and Chris Massey (star of Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101”) are longtime ATV riders! Along with their mom they bring tremendous energy and great humor to the serious topic of ATV Safety.
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Resources and Documents
The lead provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) affecting youth model ATVs for ages 12 and under was lifted in August, 2011. Youth ATV models are available once again. Be sure that all youth 16 and under operate and ride the appropriate sized ATV. Follow the warning label on the ATV. This site provides links to State and National resource sites to find out about state and national laws, and other resources.
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