TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The warm weather is a time to begin your favorite outdoor activity. Department of Natural Resources conservation officers said they have noticed more people getting on ATVs and other off-road vehicles in the past week.
Lt. Dan Dulin said they have investigated three crashes that have resulted in injury.
"There were seven people involved in those accidents, and not one person was wearing a helmet or any kind of protective gear," Dulin said.
In one of those wrecks a 1-year-old boy lost several toes while his 8-year-old brother drove the ATV.
Dulin said state law requires anyone driving an ATV who is under 14 years old, and on public property, to be supervised by an adult.
However, the law is different when drivers are on private property.
"If they're on their own private property there is no law or regulation that requires [adult supervision]," Dulin said. "It is just good parental guidance to supervise your children."
"We recommend a lot of things," Badlands Adventure Park President Kyle Knosp said about off-road vehicle safety equipment. "You can't have too much gear. If they made a marshmallow suit you could put yourself in and go ride that would be great."
Knosp sees many ATV riders at his business. He makes sure his riders wear helmets.
He said helmets should fit snugly, and a chin strap should always be secured.
"[Riders] forget about the chin strap," Knosp said. "A helmet is not going to do any good without a chin strap. It might take the initial hit, but the next impact is going to roll the helmet off."
Knosp also recommended a chest pad.
"We have two major parts, our heads, and our vitals in our chest," Knosp said. "A chest protector is designed to take any impact we have in [the chest] area and diffuse it over our whole body."
Knosp said to wear long sleeves, pants, and close-toed shoes. That way drivers are not distracted by any brush or sticks that may poke them.
Dulin said he sees ATV wrecks involving drugs and alcohol. Dulin said if you drive under the influence you can get cited.
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