Keep ATV safety top of mind this long weekend

May 16, 2022

Ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding all Albertans to make all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety a priority this spring and summer.

ATVs pose a risk to all users — and particularly those under 16 years of age, who have not yet developed the strength, skills or judgment needed to safely operate an ATV. The risk of serious injury is high.

Between 2015 and 2020, children and youth in Alberta have experienced ATV-related injuries leading to ED/UCC, hospitalization and death.

AHS supports the Canadian Paediatric Society recommendation that children and youth under 16 years of age should not operate an ATV, even a child-sized or youth model.

Albertans 16 years of age and older are urged to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of injury when riding an ATV:

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Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.