North Country Hospital and VASA team up to teach ATV safety

in Health/Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — For kids who like to ride ATVs, North Country Hospital will be hosting a free ½ day classroom training course sponsored by VASA on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. – noon in the downstairs Meeting Room.

This free course which teaches safe and responsible ATV operation is a requirement for all Vermont kids aged 12-17.

North Country Hospital says they understand the importance of this required training especially since nationwide, children under the age of 16 accounts for 40 percent of ATV accidents and fatalities.

There were 25 off-highway vehicle-related deaths in Vermont from 2013-2017. ATVs are included in the category of off-highway vehicles.

In an effort to keep these numbers from rising, North Country Hospital, Safe Kids Vermont, and VASA are urging Northeast Kingdom youth to attend this free event.

“Your child’s ATV is a machine, so it’s not only important to match them with a size appropriate ATV, it’s equally important that they understand the rules, regulations and ways in which to safely operate them,” says Dani Luke, Operations Director for VASA.

The ATV safety course will provide children with the state-approved, required safety certificate.

To register for the training, please contact Dani Luce at dluce@vtvasa.org or call 802-477-5075. Space is limited and the deadline to register is March 10, 2018.

Lunch and snacks are provided for youth and parents, grandparents or other adults are welcome to stay too.

Once your child is registered by March 10 they will receive the appropriate course materials.

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