Summer is fast approaching and we predict there will be an increase in residents participating in the sport of ATV riding in Collier County. In an effort to educate and prepare those individuals for taking part in this exciting sport, Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and Collier County Commissioner Jim Coletta will be sponsoring a voluntary ATV Safety Course which will provide riders with the safety and basic tools to conduct themselves in a courteous, responsible, safe manner. Parents will be required to attend with their youth and we are hopeful this course will be a great benefit for everyone who participates.
“ATV riding is an activity that many of our residents enjoy, but just as with any motorized vehicle it’s important to know how to use these machines in the safest manner possible,” said Sheriff Rambosk. “By partnering with our ATV riders our goal is to provide them with the information they need to enjoy this activity safely.”
Expressing his concerns, Commissioner Jim Coletta said, “We recently lost one of our youth in an unfortunate ATV accident in the North Belle Meade area. Statistics show there have been 25 ATV accidents in Collier County in the past five years resulting in two fatalities. Education and awareness are extremely important factors when ATV riding. In an effort to educate riders and possibly avoid further accidents or deaths in this sport, we are excited to announce a great opportunity for those who ride. Parents and youth alike, we encourage everyone to take part in this program.”
Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement for details of the date and location of this event. We encourage everyone to participate and make Collier County a safer place to ride.
Sheriff Kevin Rambosk (239) 793- 9145
Commissioner Jim Coletta (239) 252-8391