Wisconsin officials stress importance of helmets on ATVs

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — State officials are stressing the importance of helmets after two of the four children killed in all-terrain vehicle crashes this year in Wisconsin weren’t wearing protective headgear.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says 10 ATV crash deaths have happened so far this year, compared to 27 last year. But it says only one person under the age of 18 was killed in 2014.


The agency’s ATV and snowmobile coordinator says the numbers don’t necessarily reflect a new trend, but they should serve as a reminder to parents.

Stevens Point Journal Media reports that state law requires anyone under 18 to wear a helmet while riding an ATV and anyone 12 or older to take a safety certification class.

None of the children killed in ATV crashes this year had taken the class.

Copyright 2015: Associated Press

WI DNR certified ATV courses offered

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Oneida County ATV Association are sponsoring two Wisconsin DNR certified ATV safety courses. The courses will be held at the Oneida County Law Enforcement Center located at 2000 East Winnebago Street in Rhinelander. The dates and times for the course are as follows:

Course One: Saturday September 19th and Sunday September 20th 2015. Times for the course are 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM each day. Fee for the course is $10 per student.

Course Two: Saturday October 17th and Sunday October 18th 2015. Times for the course are 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM each day. Fee for the course is $10 per student.


Age Requirement. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 and at least 12 years old must have ATV certification to operate on public areas.

Students are now required to obtain a DNR customer ID number for any recreational safety class they attend. Please contact the DNR at 1-888-936-7463 between 7:00 AM and 10:00 PM daily to obtain this number before the course begins.

Students must be 12 years old to enroll in the course. There is no maximum age, and parents and adults are encouraged to enroll and participate in this course. Advanced online registration is required. See this website to register online:  https://jc.activeoutdoorsolutions.com/wise_student/app/goHome.do?method=init

Select ATV for course then Oneida County for location. On the far right hand side of the course information box will be an icon “enroll”. Click on that and follow the directions to enroll. Please contact Deputy Brad Fogerty at the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, telephone number 715-361-5132 for more information on the course.