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Operate with caution: Most OHV fatalities occur in July

Posted July 2, 2018

Report highlights need for OHV safety precautions, especially around the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is almost here, and it’s expected that many Arizonans will include outdoor recreation as part of their celebrations. If operating an off-highway vehicle (OHV) is part of your plans, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) urges everyone to put safety first. The Consumer Federation of America reports that most OHV fatalities occur in July and that July 4 is the day with the highest number of fatalities.

“We see many people out enjoying Arizona’s roads and trails around the holidays and especially the Fourth of July,” said David Rigo, OHV coordinator for AZGFD. “We want everyone who spends time on their OHV to have a fun outing and more importantly, return home safely.”

There are many actions operators of OHVs — like all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and side-by-sides — can take to ride safely and help ensure the safety of those around them:

It’s also advised that all OHV enthusiasts, whether new to the hobby or veteran riders, take a safety education course. Numerous in-person and online courses are designed to teach off-road motorists how to operate their vehicle safely and responsibly. As an added bonus, insurance companies may offer discounted rates for people who have completed an OHV safety class.

For more information about rules and regulations as well as places to ride, visit azgfd.gov/OHV.

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