Children and ATV Safety


CORINNA - ATVing is a popular outdoor activity in Maine. But in light of recent crashes involving children, we have to wonder, how safe this sport is for young ones? Erin Thomas explains.

You've probably seen it before: mom or dad, and a couple of kids  aboard the 4-wheeler for a joy ride. But putting little ones on these all-terrain-vehicles can be dangerous.


Paul Pepin, president of the ATV club in Corinna, says one of the most important things when teaching children how to ride ATVs, is education.

A free safety course  provides kids ages 10 to 16, with the basics. From how to manuveur an building a fire if they get lost in the woods.

All the while, reinforcing one of the biggest things: wearing a helmet, a state law for riders under the age of 18.

With about 7,000 miles of trails in the state, ATVing can mean endless fun, even for the whole family if the proper precautions are taken.



Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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