Can Children Ride an ATV Safely?


When it comes to kids and ATVs, researchers say the evidence is clear: children and youth do not have what it takes to ride safely.
“Children have less strength, control, coordination and judgment than adults which ultimately translates to a higher risk of injury and death on ATVs,” says Kathy Belton, associate director of the Alberta Centre for Injury Control & Research.

People younger than 16 years of age have a substantially greater risk of injury than someone over 16. Between 2002 and 2009, 17 Albertans under 16 years of age died in ATV-related incidents.

“First time buyers sometimes don’t understand how big and powerful ATVs are,” says Brent Hodgson, president of the Alberta Off-Highway Vehicle Association. “They could become informed by attending one of our ATV safety presentations or going to our website at for factual nformation before buying the right-sized ATV for their kids.”

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