Dirt bikes, ATVs, and side-by-sides are popular off-highway vehicles (OHVs) among North Dakota residents. However, an increasingly significant issue in North Dakota is lack of helmet use by youth and adults. Helmets are important for an OHV rider's safety.
Riders and passengers under age 18 are required by law to wear a DOT-approved helmet when riding any OHV, including dirt bikes, ATVs, and side-by-sides. To encourage OHV enthusiasts, especially youth, to consistently wear a properly fitted helmet, North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) is launching the “Ride Safe. Ride Smart” public service announcement (PSA) campaign in April 2010.
The television and online PSAs will focus on wearing a helmet to maximize injury protection. The helmet should fit snugly, fasten securely, and not be cracked or damaged. In addition, newer helmets will further protect riders through the use of the latest technological advancements in safety.
Why is it important to wear a helmet when riding an off-highway vehicle?
Riders under age 18 are required by law to wear a DOT-approved helmet when riding any off-highway vehicle (OHV) including dirt bikes, ATVs, and side-by-sides. Helmets may reduce risk of death in an accident by 42%. (Source: Consumer Products Safety Commission) Accidents can happen when riders encounter unpredictable terrain or changing weather conditions so Ride Safe. Ride Smart by wearing a helmet at all times.
What do I look for when buying a helmet?
Make sure to consult an expert, such as an OHV salesperson, when choosing a helmet. They will ensure that the helmet fits and protects the rider properly. Follow these helmet guidelines for maximum injury protection:
Where can I purchase a helmet?
Helmets can be purchased in a variety of locations, including online or at OHV dealerships. It may be wise to contact your local dealer regarding special helmet deals, promotions or giveaways. As part of the Ride Safe. Ride Smart campaign, dealerships across the state may be conducting safety presentations, helmet fitting clinics, and helmet giveaways targeted toward youth safety.
To reinforce the campaign and reach as many OHV enthusiasts as possible, the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) is offering OHV clubs and dealers a chance to become part of the effort at the local level. The links below contain customizable tools to help you promote helmet safety in your own community.