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KSP Promotes ATV Safety

Date of News Release: 07/13/2015

(HENDERSON, Ky.) – With ATV riding season in full swing, the Kentucky State Police want to remind citizens of the Commonwealth about ATV safety, laws, and regulations. Kentucky has seen an increase in ATV related fatality accidents over the last several years. ATV's are not allowed on Kentucky roadways with one exception, to allow farmers to travel from one field to another separated by a roadway. ATV's are not designed for highway usage, riding an ATV on a paved surface greatly increases your risk of accident or injury. According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, thirty-five percent of ATV related deaths involve children 16 years of age or under. Monitor youth, observe and correct unsafe riding habits. Follow these quick tips to ensure safety and fun on your ATV throughout the summer season.

  • Wear an approved helmet and eye protection.
  • Never carry a passenger.
  • Do not operate ATV's on paved roadways.
  • Avoid unnecessary risk.
  • Take an ATV safety course.
  • Wear closed toe shoes, long sleeves & pants while riding.
  • Monitor youth and observe for unsafe riding habits
  • Kentucky Law prohibits ATV's on roadways.
  • Kentucky Law requires riders under 16 years of age to wear a helmet at all times.
  • Kentucky Law does not require ATV's to be registered.

For a complete list of Kentucky ATV laws and additional safety tips citizens can follow the following links.