Wisconsin DNR: 17 people have died in ATV/UTV crashes so far in 2022

MADISON (WKBT) — The Wisconsin DNR urges ATV/UTV riders to take proper safety precautions while out riding this fall.

17 people have died in ATV/UTV crashes since the start of 2022, according to the DNR, with nearly half involving the vehicle rolling over or ejecting the passenger. This has officials urging riders and passengers to wear protective gear like helmets and using seatbelts if available.

“ATVs are popular for work and recreational purposes such as trail riding and hunting,” said Major April Dombrowski, DNR Recreational Safety Section Chief. “Protect yourself and loved ones by always wearing a helmet. It’s the single most important piece of protection an ATV or UTV rider can wear.”

In addition to wearing a helmet, the DNR says to follow these tips for a safe ride:

  • Use extra caution when operating on pavement.
  • Always operate at a responsible speed and within your abilities.
  • Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during your ride.
  • In addition to a seat belt and helmet, wear protective clothing such as eye protection, gloves, long pants and long sleeves.
  • Know before you go. Review all ATV/UTV laws here.

In 2020, nearly three-quarters of fatally injured riders were killed in crashes involving no other vehicles, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.