BOZEMAN, Mont. – A recent fatal ATV crash in Clarkston has raised questions in the Gallatin Valley community about ATV safety. Montana Ag Safety says it offers classes and training upon request but doesn’t see as many inquiries as they’d like.
“We respond to any requests whether it’s from a corporation, individuals or organizations. Our focus is agriculture but the information can be used across all uses,” said Jim Larson with Montana Ag Safety.
KBZK reached out to numerous ATV dealerships in the Bozeman area and none offered any training themselves. Most pointed to the ATV Safety Institute number 1-800-887-2887 for additional resources. Calls to that number were not returned immediately.
One dealership stated that some manufacturers incentivize training by offering coupons towards another purchase. Larson said he’s heard of those incentives but still sees few people following through.
Montana Ag Safety says last year 10 people died in ATV accidents and the year prior, 12. Larson says ages range from young kids to the elderly.
At Big Boys Toys, an ATV and other outdoor gear rental business, staff says every rider is required to complete a brief safety overview. Staff says they encourage riders to always wear a helmet despite it not being required by law and they encourage riders to never go out alone.
For information about safety training and tips from Montana Ag Safety, visit their website or call 406-860-6192.