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Northern Health and the North District RCMP conducted a teleconference Friday where they spoke about safe riding practices for ATV’s.

Shellie O’Brien, Northern Health’s Injury Prevention Coordinator, said the most common demographic injured in ATV-related accidents are men aged 15 to 29.

She added that, while there are greater opportunities for ATV-related activities in the north, the region also sees the largest amount of injuries from ATV-related activities in the province.

That number is four times the provincial average, added Holly Christian who is Northern Health’s Regional Lead, Men’s Health/Physical Activity.

O’Brien said that most ATV-related injuries are preventable.

“We ask all northerners to take the time to honesty reflect to determine you have taken every precaution before heading out on your ATV,” O’Brien added.

Some common causes for injuries on ATV’s include driving under the influence, not wearing a helmet and driving recklessly.

Northern Health said that most of those injuries can be prevented if riders wear a helmet, drive sober, drive at safe speeds, not ride with passengers and take an ATV safety course.

You can listen to the teleconference here.

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