Twin Falls Sheriff’s Office urges safety when driving off-road vehicles

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Riding an ATV, UTV, or dirt bike can provide hours of fun for kids and parents, but it can also be incredibly dangerous.

“I have worked in the backcountry for many years and have been involved in many rescues and investigated many accidents involving children on ATVs or motorcycles,” said Lt. Daron Brown of the office of the Twin Falls County Sheriff.

But with an upcoming safety course, people of all ages can learn not only how to operate an off-road vehicle safely, but also how to protect public lands.

“It teaches stewardship. So it talks to kids about ethical use, how to leave it better than you found it, the principles of light walking, how to be good stewards of land,” said Rich Gummersall of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The course is open to all members of the community, but is required for children 16 and under who do not have their license and who will be riding on forest service roads. I asked him what would happen if you didn’t take the course and were caught driving on forest service roads.

“So chances are mom or dad will get a citation because you ride without that certification or without that training,” Lt. Brown said.

The course takes place at magic mountain from June 10 to 12. Access is free, but you must wear long pants and a shirt, ankle boots, gloves and a helmet.

“In this course they learn about weight distribution, how to turn properly, brake properly, climb and descend,” Lt. Brown said.

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