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WVU Extension Service Offers ATV Safety Courses

All-Terrain Vehicle

The West Virginia University Extension Service is offering a safety course for all-terrain vehicle operators.

WVU says in a news release that a grant from the National 4-H Council allows the four-hour course to be offered at no cost to participants.

The course is offered as West Virginia gets ready for the start of the two-week gun season for deer beginning next Monday.

WVU Extension Service agent Mark Whitt in Mingo County says ATV education could help reduce preventable accidents and fatalities each year. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, at least 20 ATV fatalities occurred in West Virginia through September, and 90 percent involved people who didn’t use helmets.

The course is available by contacting Whitt at (304) 235-0370. The course also can be taken online at