SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (News4Utah) — The 4th of July holiday is approaching and many people have taken an extended vacation which could involve off-road recreation.
The University of Utah and Parks and Recreation worry about the rise in Off-Highway Vehicle-related accidents.
Most of the injuries hospitals see, in their emergency rooms, when it comes to OHV accidents have to do with head injuries. The best way to protect yourself is to wear a helmet.
The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation saw three accidents this past weekend alone.
“We want people to have as much fun as possible we just want them to do it safely,” said Zach Robinson, University of Utah Health Trauma Outreach Coordinator.
People 18 and under must wear a helmet, but experts say everyone should wear one while operating an OHV no matter their age.
“Our target audience is the 40-year-old male and over and our message is no one is invincible. 57 percent will wear a helmet we would love it to be closer to 80 or 90 percent,” said Chris Haller, OHV Program Coordinator for the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation.
“At our trauma center when we see patients come in with ATV type injuries, we see a lot of head and spinal cord injuries. They can be some of the most debilitating for a family they can change the course of somebody’s life. That’s why we are coming out in front of people and remind people to wear their helmets and ride safe so they don’t end up in the trauma center on this holiday weekend,” said Robinson.
Officials say, don’t drive aggressively, know where you are going and don’t drink and operate!
The same stiff penalties apply as to a person operating a car or truck on the roadways. You could go to jail, lose your drivers license and face some stiff penalties,” said Haller.