by Sharlyn Petit
The Northwest is known for its outdoor adventures, which sometimes involve off-road vehicles like quads, dune buggies, and motorcycles.
Just because the fun may happen inside a closed-off course or recreation area doesn’t mean that safety isn’t a concern – for both teens and adults.
Earlier this month, a two-vehicle ATV crash on a blind corner of a sand road in Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area resulted in injuries for a 17-year-old Oregon teen and a 37-year-old. The teen was on a Class III motorcycle, and the other driver was riding a Class I quad. Both received treatment for arm and wrist injuries.
In Oregon, ATV laws require drivers to get a Safety Education Card for operating vehicles intended for off-road use. Both drivers in the dunes crash were cited for not having a Safety Education Card.
In Washington, off-road vehicles must be registered and have a use permit, though there are no safety courses or special license requirements needed for the operator.
While rules vary from state to state, it’s important to focus on safety while operating a vehicle with any number of wheels, and on any type of road.
Read more about the Oregon Dunes crash here.