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DPS hosts ATV safety program
BEAUMONT - by Ashley Gaston - Two children killed on all-terrain vehicles in one week Prompted state troopers to reach out and educate families about the potential dangers of ATVs.
14 year old Brandon McCain of Bon Wier died July 25th and 12 year old Rory foster of Newton County died five days later. Both were riding ATVs and they were friends at newton junior high.
Troopers say neither child was wearing a helmet.
The Department of Public Safety has joined forces with 4H and Texas A & M to bring home some of the risks of driving ATVs and ways to stay safe.
One key point: Take the key out of the ignition. The safety instructor said parents are a large part of the problem when children are injured riding an ATV.
The instructors will use these ATVs to engage children.
Carol Smith is an instructor with Texas4H and Texas A & M. Smith and her husband travel across Texas teaching safety tips to children and adults.
They'll present the safety program at schools in Newton and Kountze.
Wednesday and Thursday children in newton will watch an 18 minute video.
The video will cover a variety of topics the importance of wearing helmets and putting on proper clothing including pants and jackets made for ATV riders.
Companies make ATVs for people of different heights and weights. But often as in the case of the children who died, theyre on all-terrain vehicles made for adults.
Smith said most ATV's are made for one person to ride the driver.
It saves lives that the simply I can put it, lives are precious, these boys that passed away wont have the chance to go to high school, can't live their lives, if it can save lives that's what's were here for that' s why we do what we do," said Smith.
The instructor also said never ride an ATV on paved roads.
Parents in Kountze and newton are invited to attend the training course at the schools.
In response to recent fatal crashes involving all-terrain vehicles, ATVs, the Texas Department of Public Safety has teamed up with the Texas 4-H Foundation and Texas A&M University to host an ATV Safety Porgram geared toward students and parents in Newton and Kountze.
The program will be presented by Mrs. Carol Smith, the 4-H ATV/OTV Safety Education Program Coordinator, in partnership with Texas A&M University.
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