Safety experts provide ATV safety tips

ATV safety program coordinators encourage parents to take a closer look at their kids on the road.

Posted: Apr 29, 2019 8:22 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2019 10:43 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - ATV safety program coordinators encourage parents to take a closer look at their kids on the road.

An ATV crash sent a 10-year-old child to the hospital on Friday night in Noxubee County.

Brad Staton- MSU 4-H Program Coordinator

Noxubee County Sheriff Terry Grassaree said the accident happened on Macon Lynn Creek Road on the west side of Brooksville at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Sheriff's deputies said the other vehicle's driver claimed he or she did not see the ATV in the road.

The driver is now in custody during the investigation. That person's name has not been released.

The child was flown to a hospital and his or her condition is unknown at this time.

The 4-H ATV Safety Program at Mississippi State University provides rider course and awareness training concerning ATVs.

Program Coordinator Brad Staton teaches an ATV program for kids where they build obstacle courses and teach them how to properly operate the vehicle.

He also organizes safety days at schools and oversees the ATV Safety Institute e-course, an interactive computer training.

The program is taught all year long and welcomes 4-H members, volunteers and sometimes the general public. 

Staton said a lot of kids ride four-wheelers in the warmer weather.

With summer approaching, he said it's important to have this program to know about the dangers involved with riding an ATV, which can then prepare someone to prevent accidents.

Two of the most dangerous behaviors while driving an ATV are not wearing a helmet and riding on public roads, he said.

Larry Alexander, a 4-H coordinator, said Mississippi passed a law in 2011 stating any ATV operators who are under the age of 16 must have completed an ATV rider course or at least have a driver's license.

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