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ATV Safety Week is a good reminder to brush up on safe riding skills

Posted June 4, 2018

Initiative runs this week to encourage safe, responsible riding

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is partnering with the ATV Safety Institute to promote off-highway vehicle (OHV) education as part of ATV Safety Week. The annual initiative runs June 1-10 and serves as a reminder for all OHV enthusiasts — whether new to the hobby or veterans of the sport — to take a safety education course.

AZGFD provides a list of approved in-person and online courses on its website, and encourages everyone to take the time to learn about proper safety and riding protocols as well as any law changes.

“We like to say that trained operators are safe operators. It sounds like a commonsense statement but it’s true,” said David Rigo, acting OHV coordinator for AZGFD. “Investing the time into taking a safety education course will pay off tenfold when you’re out riding and encounter a question or unexpected situation.”

Wearing the proper safety gear is another key component of being prepared for a day out on a forest road or trail. Riders under the age of 18 are required to wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet, but it’s a good practice for everyone to follow. AZGFD also strongly recommends that OHV operators and passengers wear a seatbelt at all times if their vehicle is equipped with them — buckle up for every trip, every time.

In addition, ride safely by following these practices:

For more information about OHV safety and places to ride in Arizona, visit