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Helmet Safety Program Comes to Superior Middle School

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: September 12, 2019 10:56 PM

Superior Middle School students learned the importance of helmet safety when participating in outdoor activities with an educational event hosted by the Let’s Ride PowerSports Safety Program Thursday.

The event hosted at the middle school focused on teaching middle school students proper helmet fit and safety tips with a fun interactive presentation by powersports athletes. There were ATVs,UTVs,motorcycles and snowmobiles on sight to show students how to properly secure themselves. The program gave away helmets to students as well. 

Students learned the importance of using safety equipment and best practices from the ATV Safety Institute (ASI)and Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association(ROHVA) certified safety instructors.

The event had online safety certification information and recreational officers on hand to answer questions.

It featured powersports athletes like Hubert Rowland, a member of the Nitro Circus, and founder of the program.

Rowland said his mission is to inspire children and adults to wear proper safety gear and obtain proper safety certification before operating power sports equipment.

Organizers of the event said there is a lack of youth helmet safety education. That’s why they hope events like this bring attention to it.

Kristen Almer, the developer of the program, is an advocate of helmet safety. Her 11-year-old nephew died in an ATV accident in Washburn County in 2013. The tragic accident inspired her to raise awareness and join in on the effort.

Sgt. Jake Engelman, recreation officer with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, said there’s been an increase in ATV injury crashes in Douglas County this year, with six accidents happening in just nine days from July 27 to Aug. 4.

According to a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), There’s been more than 3,315 fatalities for children under the age of 16 since 1982. In the vast majority of these cases, the child was not wearing a helmet— and had received no safety certificate.

To learn more on the effort, click here.


Alejandra Palacios

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