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    Monique Hilliker and son Dominic, a student at North Country Union Junior High School, both attended the ATV safety training course.

North Country Hospital and VASA team up in the name of ATV safety

in Health/Newport by

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital, Safe Kids Vermont and VASA, Vermont ATV Sportsman’s Association, held a half day classroom training on April 23 to teach local youth the importance of safe riding and following the rules when riding ATVs.

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Trained instructors from VASA conducted the four-hour training, and students even enjoyed a visit from local Game Warden Jenna Reed.

All thirteen students passed the test, anxious to receive their state approved certificate that allows them to ride legally.

“Over 100,000 families every year are impacted by ATV deaths and serious injuries,” Rachel Weintraub, Legislative Director and General Counsel for Consumer Federation of America said. “ATVs are one of the most dangerous products the Consumer Product Safety Commission regulates, causing more deaths and injuries than almost any other product under CPSC’s jurisdiction.”

Preventable injuries are the number one killer of kids in the United States. Through education and outreach efforts, North Country Hospital remains committed to helping reduce the risks of injury to local youth.

“It’s important for youth to learn good habits at an early age and to also learn the rules,” said Beth Barnes, Community Outreach Specialist at NCH.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in future ATV safety training classes like the one last Saturday, contact Beth Barnes at bbarnes@nchsi.org for more information.

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