Primary Children's kicks off ATV safety program

Published: Wednesday, June 11 2014 2:10 p.m. MDT

Lola Hicken shows off her helmet as Primary Children's Hospital kicks off an ATV safety program "Safe Trails, Serious Fun" in Salt Lake City Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Primary Children's Hospital kicked off it's ATV safety program, "Safe Trails, Serious Fun," on Wednesday. Safe Trails, Serious Fun encourages ATV riders to wear protective gear, and it reminds parents that children and adolescents should take an ATV rider safety education course. The Intermountain West has the fourth highest traumatic brain injury hospitalization rate in the country for children ages five to 14, according to a news release from Primary Children's. Nearly 7 percent of those injuries involve motor vehicles, including ATVs. A child’s risk of being hospitalized from riding an off-highway vehicle is a thousand times greater than from riding in a car.

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