10/24/2006

ATV Safety Presentation at South Middle School

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Doug McDonald, injury prevention program coordinator at the Center for Rural Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University, will speak to South Middle School students about ATV safety, Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the school auditorium.

McDonald will speak to eighth graders at 7:35 a.m., sixth graders at 8:25 a.m., and seventh graders at 9:10 a.m.

McDonald, certified as an instructor by the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles, will provide basic safety information and alert students to the potential dangers involved with ATV use.

All students who participate and have completed the necessary registration will receive an official certification card and DMV sticker for their helmets.

Special guests at the presentation include State Senators Jon Blair Hunter and Michael Oliverio, and Monongalia County Sheriff Joseph Bartolo.

“This is an important topic for our students,” said Dennis Gallon, principal of South Middle School. “With the increase of ATV use it is important that we educate them early on safety and potential dangers of riding.”

One of South's parents, Kevin Adrian, of Sportrider, will be providing ATVs for the demonstration.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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