4-H ATV Safety
The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program is offers youth and parents the opportunity to learn about ATV safety thanks to grants awarded by National 4-H Council as part of the 4-H ATV Safety Grant Program, a collaboration among local 4-H groups, the national 4-H Youth Development Program and the ATV Safety Institute (ASI).
Serious ATV injuries affect more than 100,000 people each year in the United States. The state of Arkansas averages more than 15 ATV-related deaths per year and has one of the nation's highest rates of injury for those 16 and under. Close to 90 percent of ATV crashes in Arkansas occur with drivers under age 16 driving an adult-sized ATV (the engine size is greater than 90 cubic centimeters). Recent research demonstrates that children under 16 continue to suffer a disproportionate share of injuries, do not wear helmets and fail to receive formal ATV training. Every child under 16 should be supervised and should never be permitted to ride an adult-sized ATV.
The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program and the ATV Safety Institute encourage families to learn more about ATV safety as they prepare for a safe, fun outdoor experience.
4-H ATV Safety Training
In Arkansas, we have 23 University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service county agents and state faculty ASI-licensed instructors to deliver the ASI ATV RiderCourse to counties and communities in each of our three Extension districts. Our goal is to provide training to both youth and adults.
This hands-on, half-day ATV RiderCourse offers students an opportunity to increase their safety knowledge and to practice basic riding skills in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of a licensed Instructor. The RiderCourse includes pre-ride inspection, starting and stopping, quick turns, hill riding, emergency stopping and swerving and riding over obstacles. You'll also learn about protective gear, local regulations, places to ride and environmental concerns. Bring your friends and family, and meet new friends to ride with.
A parent or guardian must be present for children 6-11 years of age it is encouraged that a parent or guardian be present for all riders under 16. Taking an ATV RiderCourse improves riding skills, builds confidence, gets kids started right and teaches how to leave minimum impact on the environment.
The ATV Safety Institute ATV RiderCourse is valued at $55 per person for youth 6-15 years of age and $150.00 per person for those 16 and older. The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service 4-H ATV Safety Program does not charge for this training because of a grant from the ATV Safety Institute and National 4-H Council. You can use your own ATV, but if you don't have one of the appropriate size, one can be provided. You must wear the proper riding gear at all times during training, including: DOT-approved motorcycle helmet, goggles or face shield, over-the-ankle boots, sturdy gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirt or jacket. If you need gear, contact the instructor, and it will be provided.
ATV Safety Institute (ASI) Online courses are a great way to learn the fundamentals of the ATV riding, with an emphasis on risk management and avoidance. The free online safety courses on the ASI website (www.atvsafety.org) are custom designed for each specific adult, teen (12-15 years old) and youth (6-11 years old) audience.
These online courses are a great way to learn about ATV safety strategies, but you don't have to stop there. Upon completion of the age appropriate ASI Online E-Course, the student can simply show their printed certificate of completion and be eligible to participate in the free, specially designed S Course version of the popular ASI Ridercourse - actually operating and riding ATVs.
To begin your ATV Safety E-Course adventure, simply follow the link (www.atvsafety.org) and set up an account. It's absolutely free and you can visit the site as many times as you need to finish the course. To take an actual ASI RiderCourse, call your local county agent or contact the Arkansas 4-H ATV Safety program at 501-671-2053 to check for classes in your area.
4-H ATV Safety
Arkansas 4-H ATV ASI RiderCourse
- Delta District Extension Agents
Bryce Baldridge (870-886-3741) - Lawrence County - firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant Beckwith (870)673-2661 - Arkansas County - email@example.com
Amy Heck (501-268-5394) - White County - firstname.lastname@example.org
Maleigha Proffitt (870-933-4565) - Craighead - email@example.com
Steven Stone (870-628-4247) - Lincoln County - firstname.lastname@example.org
Valerie Turner (870-747-3397) - Monroe County - email@example.com
Sara Beth Waller (870-676-3124) - Lonoke County - firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthony Whittington (870-534-1033) - Jefferson County - email@example.com
- Ouachita District Extension Agents
Jesse Bocksnick (501-889-2661) - Perry County - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherry Sullivan (870-845-7517) - Howard County - email@example.com
Rex Herring (870-584-3013) - Sevier County - firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad McGinley (870-895-3301) - Grant County - email@example.comCarla Vaught (479-394-6018) - Polk County - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ozark District Extension Agents
Nita Cooper (870-741-6168) - Boone County - email@example.com
Johnny Gunsaulis (479-444-1755) - Washington County - firstname.lastname@example.org
Darrin Henderson (479-738-6826) - Madison County - email@example.com
Alicia Hugen (501-354-9618 - Conway County - firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Runsick (870-448-3981) - Fulton County - email@example.com
Rebecca Thomas - (501-329-8344 - Faulkner County - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Arkansas 4-H Center
Shannon Caldwell - (501-821-6884) - email@example.com
JJ Pitman - (501-821-4444) - firstname.lastname@example.org
- State Office
Rick Fields - (501-671-2151) - email@example.com
Angie Freel - (501-671-2153) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Noah Washburn - (501-671-2053) Program Director, Arkansas 4-H ATV Safety Program