Julia Roberts Goad
Belfry High Schools students had an up close and personal demonstration about the dangers of all terrain vehicles when Department of Agriculture staff and local emergency responders staged a mock all-terrain vehicle accident Wednesday on the school’s football field.
“Life, Death, and Reality” is the name of the campaign addressing ATV safety.
Local rescue personnel and a HealthNet 7 Air Methods helicopter crew responded to a mock accident involving three victims on two ATVs. Belfry High School cheerleaders and the band will led students in a “Pep Rally for Life.”
“ATVs can be fun, but they also can be deadly,” said Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. “A day of fresh air and relaxation should never end with a loved one who doesn’t come home.”
Dale Dobson, the KDA’s Farm and Home Safety Program administrator conducted the event.
Representatives of the Kentucky Fire Commission and State Fire and Rescue Training, Pike
County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford, member of the Belfry Volunteer Fire Department and Miss Kentucky Jessica Casebolt also spoke at the event.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that 120 people died in Kentucky in ATV-related accidents between 2008-2011, fourth in the nation behind only West Virginia (144), Texas (134), and California (124). Nationally, ATV-related fatalities have declined from a peak of 833 in 2006 to 327 in 2011.
For more information about the KDA’s Farm and Home Safety Program, go to www.kyagr.com/marketing/farm-safety.html.