Safety Rules for ATV Riding

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ONEIDA COUNTY, NY (WUTR-TV) — People are getting out to enjoy the warm weather and local law enforcement is urging the public to do so safely. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has seen a few ATV accidents since the weather got nicer.

“[Riders] should be aware of first their abilities on what they can and cannot do on the machine. they should be aware of the machine that they are driving…what is the size of the machine, how big is it, how small is it. They should be aware of their surroundings, their environment…they need to know all of that stuff before they start riding because you cannot properly make decisions if you are not educated and what they’re doing,” says Sgt. Scott Kahl, Road Patrol Division at the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. There are no public roads open for ATVs in Oneida County, riders are able to ride on their own property or someone else’s with their permission.

“Most of the ones that we had haven’t been to bad. Unfortunately, a couple neighboring counties have had some pretty serve accidents,” says Sgt. Kahl. Sunday evening, State Police reported a 12-year-old has died in a ATV crash in Herkimer County. In a press release, troopers say two girls were riding an ATV on Jones Road in Litchfield when they went off-road and hit a utility pole. 12-year-old Kyra Treen, from Ilion, was transported via Mercy Flight to Upstate University Hospital with internal injuries and is in critical condition. 12-year-old Alivia Moylan, from Whitesboro, was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

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